Jesus was dragged in front of the Sanhedrin – the local Magistrates’ Court. It was their job to work out whether he had a case to answer. If he said that he was the Messiah, God’s promised messenger, he would be guilty of blasphemy. The trouble is, he wouldn’t give them a straight answer. He refused to say that he was the Messiah, but he also refused to deny it. They were confused. It was like Jesus was saying “What do you think? Who do you think I am?”
Sometimes we have to make huge choices that will affect our lives, even though we don’t feel we have enough information. These people were effectively deciding whether the man in front of them would live or die.
Luke 22: 66-71
When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,” but he replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.”