“But he [Jesus] held his peace, and answered nothing.
Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him,
Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
The chief priests and all the council waited for His answer. Would He answer? He had answered their questions with great wisdom when they had tried to trap Him. But now, now what would He say? If they had believed the scriptures they proclaimed, they could have answered their own query. For they knew the writings of Moses and the Prophets.
They would have remembered the words:
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
and between thy seed and her seed;
it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Gen. 3:15.
They would have believed Jesus Christ is that seed of the woman.
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,
made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Gal. 3:4.
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isa. 7:14
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost…
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL,
which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matt. 1: 18,21-23.
They could have heard and remembered the testimony of Simeon, who
“…came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2: 27-32.
Or that of Anna who,
“…gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” Luke 2:38.
Pharisees and Sadducees were likely present when,
“…Jesus…was baptized, went up straightway out of the water,
and lo, the heavens were opened unto him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
When John the Baptist, imprisoned, sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the one to come, were the religious leaders among the multitude when Jesus replied,
“…Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
The blind receive their sight,
and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear,
the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Matt. 11: 4-6.
They could have been. But if the words were not for their ears they have come down through the ages for any who will hear the truth even as Peter declared,
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matt. 16: 16.
The quiet is broken. Jesus answers the high priest’s question, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed.
“And Jesus said, I am…
Echoing in their minds resound the words written by Moses,
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:
and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.” Ex. 3:14.
And the words of Jesus in the gospel of John and spoken where all who would hear could hear.
“I am the bread of life…
I am the light of the world…
I am the door…
I am the good shepherd…
I am the resurrection, and the life…
I am the way, the truth, and the life…
I am the true vine.”
“And Jesus said, I am:
and ye shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Mark 14: 62.
He is the One the angels announced saying,
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11.
And again the two men in white,
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11.
Hear John as he explains why he writes his gospel.
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples,
which are not written in this book:
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;
and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 20:30,31.
Hear Jesus’ final testimony and plea,
“I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end, the first and the last…
I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:13,16-17.
What child is this? He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is the Christ, the Son of God bringing hope and life to all who will hear Him. He is our coming King.
Take a moment as you think on the baby lying in a manger and answer for yourself: What child is this?