The trial of Jesus was an atrocity on many levels. Among them, the priests and Sanhedrin knew Jesus was innocent. Yet because of their jealousy and hatred of Jesus, they were desperate to find a reason to kill him.
Jewish law required that two witnesses agree before condemning a person, but time after time, the testimony was completely uncollaborated. Finally, they seemed to find two people that could agree. Two witnesses came up and said that Jesus had threatened to destroy the temple and that he would build a new one. This, though Jesus had meant, “Though you destroy this temple, I will raise it up,” and that he was referring to his death and resurrection, not the destroying of the Jewish temple. (John 2:19-21)
As a result, there were contradictions between what even the two witnesses said and in the end, their testimony became completely invalidated.
The high priest was so frustrated at that point, that he finally questioned Jesus directly, and when Jesus refused to answer, he said,
I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God. (Matthew 26:63)
And that is the ultimate question. Who is Jesus? Is he really the Christ? Is he really the Son of God? Because if he is, we owe him our lives. And more than that, we are accountable to him. Jesus warned them as such, saying,
But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven. (Matthew 26:64)
The reference is to Daniel 7, where all authority, glory, and power were given to the Messiah, and judgment would be pronounced on all who warred against him.
The reaction of the priests and Sanhedrin? Rejection. They refused to believe that Jesus was the Son of God. That he was their Messiah. Instead, they accused him of blasphemy and condemned him to death.
Many people do the same today. They are exposed to the gospel. They are exposed to the claims of Christ. And they reject him. They trample underfoot the one who loved them enough to die for them. And as a result, the writer of Hebrews tells us they will be judged. (Hebrews 10:28-30)
But for all who believe in him and receive him, he gives the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
The choice is yours. What will you choose? What will you do with Christ?