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5. Disowned for Making Himself God’s Son

The Fifth Notorious Mystery

The High Priest and the Pharisees saw Jesus as a threat, to their religion as they understood it and to their positions of power and influence. The question was asked, are you the Son of God? It has come to this. Everything rested upon the answer. Jesus affirmed his identity and was disowned by the very ones who had been given the promise of redemption. They refused to accept that God had come to save his people. Any kind of Messiah would get in the way; this kind would change everything forever. “The Lord thy God is one!” Caiaphas viewed this central tenet of their faith as challenged. He could not penetrate the truth that Jesus was the revelation of the Father. Jesus would ultimately stretch our understanding even further with his sending of the Holy Spirit. Yes, God was one but he was also three divine Persons. The second Person had entered the human family and would soon pay the terrible price for our sins. “It is better for one man to die than for a whole nation to be destroyed!” Caiaphas had no appreciation as to how prophetic his words would become. Jesus would suffer and die so that we might be healed and live. Falsely condemned as a criminal and a liar; the truth would be vindicated by his resurrection.