And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. Mark 14:60-64 ESV
[Daniel said:] “I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 ESV
Mr. Slate had accidentally locked himself out of his house. He didn’t want to call the locksmith, and he thought he could probably open the bedroom window if he climbed the tree and then balanced on the ledge to reach the window. But while he was balancing on the ledge and trying to get his bedroom window open, a police car drove by. The police officer thought that Mr. Slate was a burglar who was trying to break into the house to rob it. Now Mr. Slate was in trouble. The police officer didn’t believe that it was Mr. Slate’s own house and that he had a right to try to get inside. He arrested Mr. Slate and took him to the police station. It took awhile for the whole misunderstanding to get cleared up!
When Caiaphas, the high priest, asked Jesus if he was the Christ, or Messiah, and the Son of God, Jesus said, “I am.” Then he talked about the prophecy of Daniel, saying that everyone would see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven to be the judge. If what Jesus said had been a lie, it would have been a terrible blasphemy against God. Jesus was claiming to be God’s equal and the promised Savior, and no one should ever dare to claim such a thing as a lie. But if Jesus was telling the truth, then he had every right to say this about himself. Caiaphas would not see or understand that what Jesus said was the truth. All he could see or believe was that Jesus was telling a terrible lie that insulted God, and that he deserved death for it.
Because of Jesus, we have the incredible right to claim to be God’s children. We don’t deserve this right, because we are sinful people who have turned against God and insulted him with our lives. But Jesus came to take the penalty for our sins on the cross, and because of what he’s done for us, we now have the right to call ourselves the children of God. Jesus has turned what would have been an insult to God and made it into our wonderful right, to be God’s own people now and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the right to be called your children through Jesus, our Savior. In His Name, Amen.