John 19.6-8 cont.
6 Therefore, when the chief priest and the servants saw Him, they shouted out saying: “Crucify, crucify”. Pilate said to them: “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no crime in Him.”
7 The Jews answered him: “We have a law and according to the law He ought to die, because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.”
8 Then when Pilate heard this (word) he was even more afraid.
The Jews said that Jesus made Himself out to be the Son of God. What evidence was there that Jesus had actually said this?
We have to look at some of the other words of Jesus that John has recorded for us, and we will see that the claim of the Jews is correct.
17 But He (Jesus) answered them: “Even now My Father is working, and I am working.”
18 The Jews sought even more to kill him because of this, also because He broke the Sabbath. Also He called God His own Father, making Himself identical (equal) with God – John 5.18.
Jesus may not have used the actual words “I am the Son of God”, but the logical conclusion of calling God His Father is that He is the Son of the Father.
In another confrontation with the Jews Jesus made this statement:
35 If the word of God came to those who He called ‘gods’, and the Scripture cannot be broken,
36 why do you say it is blasphemy because I said: “I am the Son of God”, whom the Father set apart and sent into the world? – John 10.35-36.
In these words we can see that Jesus admitted that He had said: “I am the Son of God”.
Mark records the interrogation that Jesus faced when He was brought before the chief priest:
61) But He was silent and didn’t answer anything. Again the chief priest questioned Him and said to Him: “Are you the Christ the Son of the Blessed?”
62) And Jesus said: “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting down at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven” – Mark 14.61-62.
Therefore, the Jews were right in the accusations that they brought against Jesus.
Their problem was that they did not believe Jesus; they could not accept that what Jesus was saying was true.
They had determined that Jesus was a liar. Earlier in His ministry that had attributed His miracles to His being in league with the devil:
15 But some of them said: It is by Beelzebub (lord of the house) the prince of demons that He casts out demons – Luke 11.15.
We have to decide for ourselves: Was Jesus the greatest liar the world has ever seen, or is He who He said He is – The Son of God? We must decide. I daily decide that He is the Son of God, My Lord and Saviour.