Mark 14:61-62 “The High Priest was questioning Jesus and saying to Him, ‘Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Jesus delivered the triple-whammy; perhaps a quadruple bazooka.
In a single statement, He claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Son of Man. It doesn’t get any more comprehensive than that.
The Messiah (Christ, in Greek) was the anointed one. Prophets, priests, and kings most commonly experienced anointing in ancient Jewish culture. To claim to be the Christ was to take upon oneself a very significant mantle. The Messiah was definitely a Savior, but so much more.
The Son of God, in the minds of many Jews, was a title given to Israel (Exodus 4:22) but later to the King, as the consummate representative figure of Israel (Psalm 2:7). While we are most accustomed to it referring to the divinity of Jesus, it probably spoke more to Him as the King of God’s Kingdom.
The Son of Man, a title we usually associate with the humanity of Jesus, was probably just the opposite. It was Jesus’ preferred title for Himself throughout His ministry…by far. Yet, here in Mark 14:62 He links it directly to a prophetic passage in Daniel 7:13-14 that makes it clear that the title is reserved for the divine King of God’s Kingdom (once again).
Each title speaks powerfully to the rule and the reign of Jesus!
We sometimes downplay Jesus as King and prefer to speak of Him as simply a friend. The “buddy language” that oozes familiarity seems perhaps inappropriate.
In this intense moment before the High Priest and the mob, with violence swirling all around Him and the cross just hours from Him, Jesus lays claim to the Kingdom of God and all time and eternity. Even the simple phrase “I am” would have elicited echoes from the past for any Jew with half an ear and half an education. It is the personal name of God, delivered to Moses in Exodus 3:14.
Could Jesus have possibly said any more with fewer words?
The Christ of Holy Week, the One we honor this week, rises above petty jealousies. He does not defend Himself to anyone. Kings don’t need to. The looming cross looked like an assassination. The resurrection three days later will be His coronation.