Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
-- Matthew 27:11a
The religious leaders wanted one degree of separation from this man’s death. It is always nice when you can get someone else to do your dirty work. The religious leader were fine with stoning Stephen so they could have killed Jesus themselves, but they didn’t want the backlash. God want us to be forthright with people, to decline an activity instead of saying yes and than not showing up. He says in his word to let your no be no and your yes be yes. People may not be happy with you but they will know where you stand. If they trust your word they will also trust you when you tell them about your God and your personal relationship you have with him. To have this relationship is not what people, think of when they think of God. They think of his as distant, but if they trust your word, they may believe it is possible to be loved by God.
And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”
-- Luke 22:70
The religious leaders saw this as a windfall, Jesus falling into their hands and making it easy, but there was a problem. Jesus was fulfilling prophecy at every turn and they had all the evidence they needed to give him the benefit of the doubt. They had kept a careful record of what he had done, and the miracles were overwhelming and continuous. They knew what he taught and it was only to seek and serve God, in humility. They didn’t do humility well, so that offended them. God calls us to follow Jesus in humility and if we get our back up over it, it’s time we chose sides. We know how it turned out for them and so we need to chose humility.
But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
-- Luke 22: 69
The religious leaders were sitting in on the announcement that heaven and earth and time and eternity were about to meet in the way they had never met before. Jesus who had come to earth in time and space was going to shortly return to heaven and eternity. Who gets the awesome privilege to hear this type of news? In this case, it was the very people who wanted Jesus dead. It is like that game show that uses the phrase that says, “Final answer?” Jesus is giving them the change to stop their part in this great crime, he is saying, “Final answer?” and sadly they said “yes” with a resounding shout. God often gives us an out when we are about to sin, the Bible calls it a way of escape, when we are tempted to sin. Take it, don’t let chasing after sin be your final answer.