Next Time You See Me

Jesus had been arrested and was being interrogated by the High Priest, the highest appointed religious leader of the Jews. Clearly, this official didn’t want to accept what he’d been hearing about Jesus.

Some of the people were making what he considered to be outlandish claims about the man. Naturally, he wanted to know if Jesus would dare make the same claims for himself. So he asked Jesus point-blank: “Are you the Messiah? Are you the Son of God?”

Even today people will say things like, “Jesus was just another man — just like you and me. Yeah, he was a good man and a wise man. But that’s all. He never really claimed to be the Son of God. He never made himself out to be ‘the Chosen One’ or ‘the world’s Savior.'”

Well, those who believe that might want to take a second look. The gospel writer, Mark, records what happened when Jesus was confronted directly with these claims by the High Priest.

He demanded to know. Were these things he was hearing just the misguided assertions of others? Or did Jesus himself make these claims?

Not only did Jesus clearly answer the High Priest’s direct question. He also promised him, “The next time you see me, there will be absolutely no doubt in your mind who or what I am!”

“Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’ 

‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven'” (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭61b-62‬, NIV).

Our Bible reading for Monday, March 9, is Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27, Mark 14:43-72 and Proverbs 6:30-35.

Lord, some are reluctant to recognize who you are right now. But I know that when you return, every knee will bow before you. I am sorry for the all too frequent times when I fail to recognize you as the Son of God by taking my sins too lightly. Help me not to treat your grace as cheap. Thank you for being my Savior. I eagerly await your glorious return and my release from sin and the pain of this fallen world.

Header image based on "Interrogation" by Kapoutsis, CC By 2.0

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Monday, March 9, is Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27, Mark 14:43-72 and Proverbs 6:30-35.

    But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭61-62‬ NIV)

    Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. (‭Mark‬ ‭14‬:‭72‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, truly you are an amazing God. Thank you for all that you have done and thank you for what’s to come. Our Savior, Jesus coming to us, riding the clouds of Heaven. Sitting at your right hand, fulfilling every promise you have given. Father until that time I need your grace. I am a sinner, unclean and not ready to be with you. As I examine my heart I see where I have wronged you. As I examine my soul I can’t even understand the sin I’ve committed before you. In your grace, in Jesus you give me hope. You redeem me and all who know you. You truly set us free.

    ~Paul Montenieri

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