Mark 14:61 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 14:61, NIV: "But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?'"

Mark 14:61, ESV: "But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”"

Mark 14:61, KJV: "But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"

Mark 14:61, NASB: "But He kept silent and did not offer any answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and *said to Him, 'Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?'"

Mark 14:61, NLT: "But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?'"

Mark 14:61, CSB: "But he kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?""

What does Mark 14:61 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the prophecy of the Suffering Servant Isaiah writes, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth" (Isaiah 53:7).

Obviously, Jesus spoke during the various trials, but not in defense. When questioned, He insists that the testimony come from witnesses, not Himself (John 18:20–23). He never defends Himself, nor makes any effort to avoid the cross. His testimony, as it is, is only to confirm His identity (Mark 14:62; 15:2; John 18:33–38).

Throughout His ministry, Jesus has silenced demons (Mark 1:25) and followers (Mark 8:29–30) from publicizing that He is the Messiah. The prophetic expectations are that the Messiah will free the Jews and lead them into a blessed future. In fact, a mob that guessed Jesus might be the Messiah tried to seize Him and make Him king (John 6:15). Jesus did not publicly proclaim to be the Messiah when that road led to victory and a throne. He will only acknowledge it on the way to the cross, where the real work will be done.

The Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah include David's description of his Lord in Psalm 110:1 and Daniel's vision of the Son of Man in 7:13. "Christ" is from the Greek word Christos and literally means the anointed one. Christ is Greek for the Jewish Messiah which is the one who is anointed or chosen by God to redeem Israel (Isaiah 42:1; 61:1–3). "The Blessed" is from the Greek root word eulogetos. It means one who is blessed or praised and is only ever used of God. "Son of God" does not necessarily mean the Messiah in Hebrew Scripture, although it does in extra-biblical writings. "Son of God" is someone who bears a resemblance to God, whether metaphysically or as one whom God has chosen (Exodus 4:22; Hosea 11:1; Psalm 2:7–8). But Jesus has already publicly pronounced, in Solomon's Portico on the temple courtyard, that He and the Father are of one substance (John 10:30). In this context, being identified as the "Son of God" means more than Jesus as God's servant.

With Jesus' affirmation (Mark 14:62), He ensures His condemnation by the Sanhedrin, and the eventuality of His crucifixion. Once again, this shows that Jesus is entirely in command of the situation (Matthew 26:53). Events progress because He is the Messiah, not because of false accusations or human schemes.