15. From his own lips


Lk 22:67-71 If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”

It is possible that if our sceptic, who I have referred to a couple of times, has followed these meditations he might come to the heading of this one and say, “Ah, at last!” but in saying that would, I suggest reveal an inability to take in the point that has been made a number of times, that through the words and actions of Jesus, he has a multitude of times proclaimed who he is, even though he has not used the words, “I am the Son of God.” Jesus’ way of teaching and, indeed, of revealing himself, was to use enigmatic teaching or declarations that would only be understood by seekers. He very clearly explained the reasoning for this very specific style when he was telling the Parable of the Sower (see Mt 13:10 -17). In such a manner he kept the religious leaders  guessing and put off the evil day of his arrest until after he had been ministering for three years.

It was only as we come to this time, and he has allowed himself to be arrested and falsely tried does he speak out, when no longer does he want to hold back, because this is clearly the agreed time for him to be put to death. This was the symbolic Passover time when lambs had originally been slain to avert the judgement of God (Ex 12). Even now he is not going to flout the truth because he is not wanting to provoke an argument, merely to let sinful men have their way and condemn him.

In the verse immediately before our verses above we find that: “At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.” So here we have a body of men who would be particularly versed in the traditions of the Jewish people and in the meanings of the Old Testament prophecies. They start out by asking him if he is the Christ or the Messiah. Now that, in itself, would not be particularly damning. The worst charge could be fraud. To simply say he was God’s deliverer for His people when they believed he was not, was not a capital offence deserving death. Jesus realises this and so pushes it on a stage. First he refuses, it seems, to say outright that he is, because of their unbelief. Note he presses them on their unbelief. That would have made them hostilely defensive. His objective is to project the unpalatable truth – unpalatable at least to them – so that they will respond to their sinful hearts and condemn him. Like many atheists today they had made up their minds before assessing the situation.

So, to press it on another stage he dangles another Old Testament concept before them: “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” The Son of Man? That was imagery from Daniel’s visions. We have mentioned it before but it does bear repeating: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Dan 7:13,14) Thus this “son of man”, this human figure, was such a one that required the whole world to worship him. Now, as we’ve observed before, you only worship God, so this figure must be an expression of God in human form – and these religious leaders surrounding Jesus know that deep in their hearts, hence they demand, “Are you then the Son of God?” Note that is their language, to which Jesus replies, “You are right in saying I am.This straight forward affirmation of the truth provokes the response of condemnation.

They take him away to Pilate to get Pilate to crucify him but it is only John, thinking on this many years later, who realises the significance of the eventual, almost desperate, shout of the Jews to Pilate, “The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” (Jn 19:7) Everything in them didn’t want to say these words. Jesus had almost forced them to say the words themselves at the trial, but before Pilate they keep on asking for Jesus’ death because he claimed to be the Messiah, the King of the Jews. It is only when Pilate keeps rejecting these claims that they come out with this apparent blasphemy he claimed to be the Son of God. This made Pilate afraid and so he still tries to release Jesus but eventually, under the pressure from the crowd, he gives way and sends him to be crucified.

Now strangely, my correspondent is correct. Jesus did not himself claim to be the Son of God using those words, “I am the Son of God” – but he did agree quite clearly with those words. Why the difference? I believe he wanted the Jews themselves to speak out the words, “the Son of God”, so that they could never say they didn’t really know what he was claiming. It came from their own lips and so by their own lips they judged themselves.

Now if our antagonist is still quibbling, it is now time to bring on the final damning evidence, because the trial that we have considered was the second trial that is recorded, at dawn when the Jewish elders were added in. When Jesus was first arrested he was taken in the High Priest’s palace in the middle of the night and cross examined. It is at that preliminary trial that we find, “The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.” (Mt 26:63,64). The High Priest used the most solemn oath possible to demand that Jesus tell who he was, and he links Messiah and Son of God. He, at least, does understand the link. Are you the Son of God? Yes! Again it is the Jewish High Priest who has to use the words, but Jesus completely agrees with them!

At the two trials Jesus is asked, “Are you the Son of God?” and on both occasions he replies, “Yes!” At last the many enigmatic references are made concrete. This IS the unique Son of God – he said it!

One thought on “15. From his own lips

  1. Sad it is ;-( that the multitudes believe a heretical
    tradition regarding The One many, who say they are
    believers, seek to follow. He Who is “The Messiah,
    The Son of The Living GOD”.

    Seems there is undeniable proof that the traditional name
    of ‘jesus’ was not The Messiah’s GOD given birth Name
    in any language! And proof exists in not just one, but all
    New Testament Greek manuscripts from which catholic
    and christian translators created their version of the

    Yes, undeniable proof!

    First, the Greek word “Iesous” was used by those who
    translated the Greek Septuagint, which was the Hebrew
    to Greek translation of the Old Testimonies.

    In the Greek Septuagint, which was translated prior to
    the birth of The Messiah, the Greek word “Iesous” was
    used to represent “Jeshua, son of Nun, so named by
    Moses”. (Numbers 13:16)

    And so it was established that the Greek name “Iesous”
    represented the Hebrew name YeHoWsHuwa'(which
    should have been translated as Jeshua, rather than
    ‘joshua’ in the English language Old Testaments).

    Then in most all the New Testament translations, from
    the various Greek manuscripts, the word “Iesous” was
    translated correctly as Je(o)shua(YeHoWsHuwa’) in both
    Acts 7:45 and Heb 4:8 and then the same Greek word
    “Iesous” was traditionally(for the past 500, or so, years)
    translated as their “imag”ined ‘jesus’ in all other places
    of the English language New Testaments ;-(

    However, in the original kjv(aptly named as king james’
    version for it was of the church OF england) those who
    did the translating of the New Testament decided to
    rename Je(o)shua and declared the Je(o)shua of the
    Old Testament to be of the same name as their
    “imag”ined ‘jesus’ in both Acts 7:45 and Heb 4:8 ;-(

    At least the translators of the kjv were consistent, yet
    the result of their consistency is confusion ;-(

    And so it was that a heretical tradition was established
    less than 500 years past ;-(

    Now if one wishes to take liberty and change the name
    of the Old Testament “Je(o)shua” to ‘jesus’, well that is
    their choice, yet a sad choice indeed and Truth ;-(

    And worse yet you could accept the traditional lie that
    the Greek word “Iesous” represents both “Jeshua” and
    the catholic and christian ‘jesus’. For those who seek
    The Light of Truth that is confusing at best! Another
    sad choice ;-(

    I have been, and know that i will yet be accused of
    having my portion with the “sacred name folk” or some
    other similar religious group. And yet that is as far
    from Truth as one could be, for i believe that, “that
    which decayed and waxed old” did indeed and Truth
    “vanish away” with the destruction of the earthly,
    natural kingdom that was centered in old jerusalem.

    The Kingdom of GOD is now Spiritual and the body of a
    believer is the Temple for the indwelling Spirit, The Spirit
    that leads believers on The Way to The Truth of The Life.

    Sadly, many believe that a name is not important ;-( Now
    when a man makes such a statement to me i simply reply,
    “ok, if that’s what you believe Martha”, or if it be a woman,
    “ok, if that’s what you believe Matthew”…….

    Truth is important, for apart from Truth their is nothing
    but “confusion and every evil work” and Truth IS that the
    “imag”ined name of ‘jesus’ was not spoken for more than
    1500 years after The Only True GOD raised The Messiah
    from among the dead! Truth IS that The Messiah’s GOD
    given birth Name was YeHoWsHuwa'(Jeshua in modern
    day English)!

    Prior to that time there was no ‘j’ sound in the English
    language, which is verifiable in most any encyclopedia.
    And there never has been a ‘j’ sound in either Hebrew
    or Greek.

    Seems the vain “imag”inations of the “catholic” and
    “christian” systems of religion have caused “The Way
    of Truth to be evil spoken of”, so why continue to use
    their “imag”ined name for “The Son of Living GOD”?

    Those who yet cling to the “imag”ined name of ‘jesus’,
    after The Truth was presented unto them, have chosen
    to follow the evil ways of catholicism and her firstborn
    “chrisitan” daughter, “the church OF england” ;-(

    I am sad for all yet held captive by the “strong delusion”
    that is their “imag”ined ‘jesus’ ;-(

    Yet there is hope!

    For Miracles do happen!

    Hope is there would be those who would experience
    The Miracle that is receiving “a love of The Truth”!

    Truth IS, Yeshua(Jeshua in modern day english) is
    The Messiah, Immanuel, The Son of The Living GOD!

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of
    this wicked world and it’s systems of religion, for
    “the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil
    one”(1Jn5:19) indeed and Truth……. francisco

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