Matthew 26:62-64 And the high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?" 26:63 But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." 26:64 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
There are 2 important questions to deal with this evening, the first question is, who are you? How do you answer the question, and what kind of proof do you have. Where do you begin? You might begin with your name, certainly that is part of who you are. But how do your prove who you are? Generally we offer either a driverís license or a birth certificate, they are proof that someone else has accepted that this is who we are. Its not really proof, rather is something that we accept by faith, because the people who issue driverís licensees, or birth certificates are trust worthy. Being human, they can make mistakes; and there is also another thing that we accept by faith, and that is that the documents offered are bonfire genuine articles, not counterfeits.
There are many people who cannot accept anything by faith, or so they claim. Many people who must have proof of everything and anything. So, if you cannot trust in a document to prove who you are, how do you prove who you are? Donít you bring in witnesses, people who have known you for a long time, who can testify that you are who you say you are. And their proof will be a testimony about how they have observed you living your life.
There are many people who claim to be Christians. Some of them carry certificates which are sometimes used to prove they are a Christian. Some have a baptismal certificate, some may also have a confirmation certificate. But what does it prove? Nothing, in the best case it indicates that someone thought that at one time there was enough evidence to issue such a certificate. It certainly doesnít say anything about who you are currently. So, in some ways it is a shame that we donít have some sort of something that needs to be regularly renewed, as we have to do with driving licenses and hunting and fishing licenses. But even then, we still have the question, what real proof is there that you are a Christian, is it something that is so evident that anyone who new you could tell about all the things that they saw in your life.
And all this is important, because the rulers of the Jews had decided that Jesus was dangerous and needed to die, all they needed was something to convict him, some excuse that they might sentence him to death. They tried finding false witnesses, but they couldnít even agree on the lie. There wasnít anything in Jesus life to convict him as a criminal, he taught in the temple, he healed the sick, he cured the blind, and the poor heard the Good News of the grace of God coming and bringing salvation, eternal life, and the forgiveness of sins Ė all these things pointed to the promise of God, that when the Messiah would come, the Messiah should also do such things.
And this brings us to the Second question, how can you hear the truth? You canít hear, if your ears are filled with wax or cotton, or if they just donít work. But that is generally not the problem, for the real problem is an bigger and older problem, long ago God spoke about people with eyes to see, who do not see, and ears to hear, but do not hear. Its not that theyíre deaf, rather it is a sinful heart that only hears what it wants to hear.
So when Jesus was finally asked under oath, are you the Messiah? He said yes. The proof had been throughout his life for everyone to see, and yet, the will not see, and the will not hear Ė because they have made up their minds, they already know what they want to do, and that is what they are going to do Ė and nothing you say is going to change that.
So when Jesus said, Yes, I am the Messiah, all the leaders hear was their own guilt. They called his words blasphemy, and they condemned him to death, even though all the evidence showed that he was who he said, and that his claims were true. But its not just them, we too have difficulty hearing things we donít want to hear, and its not wax in our ears, but sin in our hearts. The question is what do we do? If we continue stubbornly in our own way, we will kill the one person who can save us, but hopefully, instead of being stubborn, we will repent of our sin, and trust in our Savior that we might receive life, forgiveness and peace, through Jesus Christ. So we live our lives giving thanks to God, and glory to our savior.