22:63 Now 1 the men who were holding Jesus 2 under guard began to mock him and beat him. 22:64 They 3 blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, 4 “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 5 22:65 They also said many other things against him, reviling 6 him.
22:66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. 7 Then 8 they led Jesus 9 away to their council 10 22:67 and said, “If 11 you are the Christ, 12 tell us.” But he said to them, “If 13 I tell you, you will not 14 believe, 22:68 and if 15 I ask you, you will not 16 answer. 22:69 But from now on 17 the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand 18 of the power 19 of God.” 22:70 So 20 they all said, “Are you the Son of God, 21 then?” He answered 22 them, “You say 23 that I am.” 22:71 Then 24 they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves 25 from his own lips!” 26
[22:64] sn Who hit you? This is a variation of one of three ancient games that involved blindfolds.
[22:69] 18 sn Seated at the right hand is an allusion to Ps 110:1 (“Sit at my right hand…”) and is a claim that Jesus shares authority with God in heaven. Those present may have thought they were his judges, but, in fact, the reverse was true.
[22:69] 19 sn The expression the right hand of the power of God is a circumlocution for referring to God. Such indirect references to God were common in 1st century Judaism out of reverence for the divine name.
[22:71] 25 sn We have heard it ourselves. The Sanhedrin regarded the answer as convicting Jesus. They saw it as blasphemous to claim such intimacy and shared authority with God, a claim so serious and convicting that no further testimony was needed.