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.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. (Mark 14:61-64)
Authors Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski authored a book called Putting Jesus In His Place. They use the acronym HANDS to show that the New Testament taught and the early church believed that Jesus was God.
H = Honors: Jesus shares the HONOURS due to God
A = Attributes: Jesus shares the ATTRIBUTES of God
N = Names: Jesus shares the NAMES of God
D = Deeds: Jesus shares in the DEEDS that God does
S = Seat: Jesus shares the SEAT of God’s throne.
When Jesus was on trial and he responded with the statement in the verses above, he was making a staggering claim. He was claiming to be a heavenly, divine figure who would be seated at God’s right hand, exercising divine rule forever over all people everywhere.
This was ironic because the religious leaders thought they were sitting in judgment over Jesus, but he asserted that they were the ones on trial and that he is their ultimate judge. In their minds, Jesus committed an act of blasphemy because he claimed to the right to sit on the throne of God and do the work of God.
Authors Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski in the book Putting Jesus In His Place wrote the following:
Here’s a sobering thought. This life is short. Soon we will meet Jesus face to face. And we promise you this: none of us will extend a hand to him and tell him it’s finally nice to put a face with the name! We’ll fall at his feet and worship. The time to start doing that is now.”