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Jesus and Blasphemy


When Jesus referred to himself as “I am,” the Jews sought to stone him (John 8:56-59), as they perceived it as Jesus equating himself with God, an act they deemed blasphemous and punishable by death through stoning.

At Jesus’ trial, the main accusation against him was blasphemy. When the High Priest asked Jesus, “Are you the Messiah, the son of the Blessed One?” Jesus replied, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of Heaven’” (Mk 14:61-62). By saying, “I am,” Jesus affirmed himself as God because “I am” is the name of God that God revealed to Moses when he asked for God’s name at Mount Sinai (Ex 3:13-14).

Jesus quoted to the high priest from the vision of Daniel about the Messiah’s (Second) Coming, “I saw coming with the clouds of Heaven, One like a son of man” (Dan 7:13). The High Priest confirmed it as blasphemy (Mk 14:63-64). Thus, Jesus clarified that he was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God.


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