With uncanny audacity and arrogant brashness, he tries at this time to put himself in the limelight.
Weeks ago he might have had a chance. But this? Now?
His name is mud and his career is over. He's dead to me.
Why can't he learn to keep his mouth shut when he's down for the count?
Why now does he think he can subvert hundreds of years of civilization?
This messiah-complex isn't going to win you any rewards.
Who dares to stand in front of all the key players at the most inappropriate time and deal with questions like this?
But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
"You have said so," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?"
"He is worthy of death," they answered.
Matthew 26:63-66 (NIV)