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64 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
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443 Peter could recognize the transcendent character of the Messiah's divine sonship because Jesus had clearly allowed it to be so understood. To his accusers' question before the Sanhedrin, "Are you the Son of God, then?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am."(Lk 22:70; cf. Mt 26:64; Mk 14:61-62) Well before this, Jesus referred to himself as "the Son" who knows the Father, as distinct from the "servants" God had earlier sent to his people; he is superior even to the angels.(cf. Mt 11:27; Mt 21:34-38; Mt 24:36) He distinguished his sonship from that of his disciples by never saying "our Father", except to command them: "You, then, pray like this: 'Our Father'", and he emphasized this distinction, saying "my Father and your Father".(Mt 5:48; Mt 6:8-9; Mt 7:21; Lk 11:13; Jn 20:17)
591 Jesus asked the religious authorities of Jerusalem to believe in him because of the Father's works which he accomplished.(Jn 10:36-38) But such an act of faith must go through a mysterious death to self, for a new "birth from above" under the influence of divine grace.(cf. Jn 3:7; Jn 6:44) Such a demand for conversion in the face of so surprising a fulfilment of the promises(cf. Is 53:1) allows one to understand the Sanhedrin's tragic misunderstanding of Jesus: they judged that he deserved the death sentence as a blasphemer.(cf. Mk 3:6; Mt 26:64-66) The members of the Sanhedrin were thus acting at the same time out of "ignorance" and the "hardness" of their "unbelief".(cf. Lk 23:34; Acts 3:17-18; Mk 3:5; Rom 11:25, Rom 11:20)