This is high drama.
Jesus stands before the highest religious authorities who want to know two things: (1) Does he claim to be the Christ (Messiah)? (2) Does he claim to be the Song of God?
Jesus' first answer is non-committal - he knew their image of the Messiah was more of a political leader.
His answer to the second question is more direct: "You say that I am." The words on their own lips are true.
The identity of Jesus. Is Jesus really God, or simply a good person whom God adopted as his "son"? In 325 A.D., the first General Council of the Church centered on this question ... as did the second in 381 ... and the third in 431. Jesus is truly God.
The constant affirmation of the Church has been clear, enshrined in the former words of the Nicene Creed: "We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ ... true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father."
The identity of Jesus. Imagine him looking to you and asking, "Who do you say that I am?" To which you respond ...
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw