The trial of Christ is the most crucial event in history. The execution of the death sentence, which concluded the test, divided historical time before and after Christ. The problem of Christ is essential for judges, prosecutors, and lawyers from two perspectives: from a legal point of view, on the one hand, because they are those who participate in the carrying out of the act of justice, and on the other hand, from a spiritual point of view, because they are human beings, in whose hearts God has placed even thought of eternity. Who did Jesus say He was?
In the presence of the chief priests and the charismatic, Jesus said He is the Christ, the promised Messiah. Indirectly, He said He is the Son of God.
It is the Sanhedrin that judged Jesus. The Sanhedrin is the political and religious governing body of the Jews¹, which is composed of 80% Sadducees and 20% Pharisees. The Sadducees were the intellectual elite among the Jews, attached to Greek philosophy. Christ’s trial took place in several stages, during several appearances, but without all of them being actual trials, according to Mosaic and Talmudic law:
- one appearance in front of Anna
- one in front of Caiaphas
- one in front of the Sanhedrin
The impartiality of the members of the Sanhedrin was severely affected, as the Gospels show. They were the fierce enemies of Jesus because He exposed their hypocrisy, corrupt practices, and guilt. The Evangelist Matthew records Jesus’ rebukes of the Sanhedrin members and their iniquities revealed by Jesus: The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat. Therefore all things that they say to you to observe, observe and do, but according to their works,, do not, for they say, though they do not do.
How did Jesus know He was the Son of God?
He called Israel His chosen people, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. God also instituted sanctuary services as an explanation of salvation. Through the tabernacle in the wilderness, Solomon’s temple, and the temple built after the return from Babylon, the Gospel was revealed through the symbols that existed in the sanctuary services. But, though established by God, the temple and the rituals performed in it were conducted by people degraded by sin, and because of this corruption arose in the very sacred services that God had instituted to reveal His love and grace to sin.
Jesus found out through a thought that He was the Son of God. While in the temple, when he was 12 years old. Then he also affirmed that He is in the Father’s house.
His parents, every year, went to Jerusalem for the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast. When the days were over and they were returning, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know. But supposing Him to be in the company of travelers on the road², they came a day’s journey, seeking Him among relatives and acquaintances, but not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
What did Jesus say about Himself?
The Jews said to him: You are not yet even fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham. Jesus answered them: Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham’s existence I was. Then they took up stones from below to throw at him. But Jesus hid and went out of the temple. And said: I and the Father are one. The Jews again took up stones to kill Him. Jesus asked them: I have shown you many good works that come from my Father. For which of these works do you want to throw stones at me? The Jews answered him: Not for a good work do we stone³ you, but for blasphemy, because you who are man make yourself God.
Jesus said of Himself that He is the supreme doctor and that He came for those who need a doctor. And that He is Alpha and Omega.
The early followers of Jesus were convinced that He is God in human form. Paul said: He is the image of the unseen God. In Him dwells bodily all the fullness of the God. John said that Jesus created the world. Peter said all who believe in Him receive forgiveness of sins in His Name.
Where did Jesus say He was the Son of God?
Jesus called the people to Him and said to them: You know that the rulers of the nations rule over them, and their elders have authority over them. Let it not be so among you, but whoever will be great among you shall be your servant. And whosoever will be first among you shall be your servant. For neither came the Son of man to be ministered unto, but that he might minister, and give his life a ransom for many.
According to the Bible, Jesus said that He is the Son of God in Luke 3:22 and Matthew 3:17. Jesus also told them again that: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved; he will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy⁴. I have come that the sheep may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Key Verse related to Jesus’ affirmation
The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You offer no answer for what these men are testifying against You? ”But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I place You under oath by the living God, to tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his robes and said, He has blasphemed! What further need do we have for witnesses? See, you have now heard the blasphemy. What do you think? They answered, “He deserves death!”
What did Jesus say when they asked who He was?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in Him is not judged. But whoever does not believe in Him has already been judged, because He has not believed in the Name of God’s only begotten Son. Christ also reveals Himself as man attained his fulfillment because he is united with God, as no man is and ever will be except in part through union with Christ, He must also be our way and helper to this goal. As is the real goal, so is the real way.
At the trial in which He was tried and challenged by the Sanhedrin, Jesus told them He was the Messiah when they interrogated Him.
In Christ, the way to the goal of full humanization has been opened to us, and He is the way to it, for he is the way to communion with God as a community of people whom we cannot reduce to the status of objects, and thus the way to full communion with our fellows. Through His incarnation as the man, Christ has made communion with Himself as God accessible to us.
List of I am in the Bible
1. I am the Good Shepherd
At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down his soul for his sheep; but the hired man, and he who is not a shepherd, and whose sheep are not his own, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf takes them and scatters them, and the hired man flees because he is hired and does not care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd, and I know My own, and My own know Me. As the Father knows Me, so I know the Father. And my soul I lay up for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. And those I must bring, and they will hear My voice and there will be one flock and one Shepherd.
2. I am the Light of the World
Jesus, Himself declared that he is the one who gives light to the world. He confessed that He is God and the Son of Man. Who among men could say: I am the light of the world, he who comes after me shall not walk in darkness, but Jesus? Only Jesus could say these words. And the Truth of His words He sealed with the supreme Sacrifice.
I am the Way and the Truth and the Life
Jesus Christ is identified with the way, Truth, and life to the kingdom of God. Through his teaching and the fulfillment of the divine commandments, as revealed in the Gospel, we are said to be enlightened and to have the way to the kingdom of God revealed to us. The Saviour became incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary out of love for the human race, as is evident from the Gospel of John. God so loved the world that He gave his only-begotten Son to be crucified and put to death so that the world might be saved through Him. In this love we each find ourselves, and from it springs the guiding light to walk this path to the Kingdom of God.
- Jesus Christ is God the Son, He is the one who put man’s plan of creation into practice but also the Savior of those who accept Him as Savior. He is God in human form.
- Jesus said that he is the Wine of the New Law and the Bread that breaks for the whole sinful world.
- The priests accused Jesus of blasphemy when they heard His claim that He is the Messiah.
Jesus Christ said that He is the Messiah. And what harm did He do? Did He somehow lie? No. He spoke the Truth because He is the Truth. Our Savior, the Son of God, He the True God, in union with the Father and the Holy Spirit is the Messiah. Christ is God’s gift to us. He is the Savior and I believe in Him as the only Mediator between God and man, the only Name by which we can enter eternity.