Focus Scripture: Mark 14:61-62
One of the comments I see most often from skeptics is that Jesus never claimed to be God or the Messiah. the implication is that it is unreasonable for me to believe that Jesus is Divine when Jesus, himself, never said so. But this is one passage that belies their skepticism. Here the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” And Jesus says, "I am."
But why did Jesus seemingly keep his identity hidden. Over and over, Jesus told people NOT to tell others of his miracles and his identity. See the following:
1. Commands to silence addressed to the demons which acknowledge his power: 1.34; 3.12.
2. Instructions not to make his healing-miracles public: 1.43-45; 5.43; 7.36; 8.26.
3. Teaching to the disciples in private: 4.34; 7.17-23; 9.28; 8.31; 9.31; 10.32-34; 13.3.
4. Commands to silence addressed to the disciples: 8.30 and 9.9.
But today's passage answers the question about why the secret. Immediately after Jesus answers, "I am," the Chief Priest calls for the death penalty.
Jesus knew two things. 1. telling everyone the truth and making miracles known early on would probably have brought in many believers--but like seeds that fall on shallow soil, they don't last. 2. his true identity made him a target for those invested in the current system.
Jesus told his followers and tells us that he is special, the Messiah, Divine primarily through his actions, and his teaching.