I do enjoy the elimination rounds of America's Got Talent. Occasionally, you will find a character or two who perform in costumes or makeup and are unrecognizable to those who work with them in real life. When asked what they do for their day job they always say something like "I'm an accountant and no one would believe that I can do this because I'm so quiet" or "I work at a retail store but feel like I can only be my real self if I put on the makeup."
When Jesus walked this earth, he had many people wondering exactly who he was. Some thought he was a prophet, some thought he was just a teacher, some thought he was crazy and a heretic. Before we get into today's scripture, there is another scripture we must look at to clarify what Jesus is getting ready to say.
We must journey all the way back to the time when Moses stood before a burning bush. This is a famous historical story found in the Old Testament. This is when God himself spoke to Moses and asked him to go back to Egypt to free the Israelite slaves. Moses had several questions but one of them in particular was a pretty good question. His question was “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” Here is God's reply in Exodus Chapter 3:
14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”
So here we read what God is called: I AM
Take that with you as you read the details in today's Road to the Cross Scripture. Jesus has been arrested and here is what is next:
53 They took Jesus to the high priest’s home where the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law had gathered. 54 Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire.
55 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any. 56 Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other. 57 Finally, some men stood up and gave this false testimony: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.’” 59 But even then they didn’t get their stories straight!
60 Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” 61 But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 Jesus said, “I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
63 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Why do we need other witnesses? 64 You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?”
“Guilty!” they all cried. “He deserves to die!”
65 Then some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and beat him with their fists. “Prophesy to us,” they jeered. And the guards slapped him as they took him away.
Did you catch it? Jesus said, "I AM." Not only proclaiming that he is the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One, but also the Blessed One Himself. I AM.
The three components of our faith in Jesus come in that: 1. We believe that He is who He said He is. (I AM) 2. That He did what He said He would do (predict His death and His resurrection and then He actually did it!!!!) and 3. That He will do all that He promises He will do (check out last week's message on the promises of God by clicking here).
Today, I want to ask that consider what you would do in Jesus' shoes. Would you see out the plan as it happened? If you said "probably not" that's because you are human and we cannot fully understand how good our God has been to us.