Matthew 26:61-65

Mat 26:61 (KJB)
And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

The first of the false witnesses came forward and stated that Jesus said that He is able to destroy the Temple of God. The man had completely quoted Jesus inaccurately. (John 2:19 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Jesus was telling them that if they destroy this temple, then in three days He would raise it up. The religious leaders instantly thought that Jesus was referring to the physical temple but He was not. (John 2:21 KJV) But he spake of the temple of his body. Jesus was referring to His physical body. Once Jesus was crucified and His physical body was killed, the third day He would be raised from the dead. The physical temple was destroyed 37 years later by Titus but to try and falsely accuse Jesus for the purpose of having Him killed, they would say anything and misinterpret anything.

Mat 26:62 (KJB)
And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

The High Priest stood up because he was very agitated that Jesus was not responding to the charges that were being levied against Him. The High Priest wanted Jesus to answer to no doubt, incriminate Himself. Jesus probably thought to Himself that to answer such a nebulous charge would be fruitless. He was well aware that these “witnesses” were totally false.

Mat 26:63 (KJB)
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus continued to hold His peace because He knew this was nothing but a kangaroo court for show. The High Priest was getting very angry at this point because He wanted Jesus to tell them whether He was the Christ or not. To adjure is to compel someone to say something as if they were under an oath or for someone who has been placed under an oath. The Sanhedrin wanted to know if Jesus was the Messiah. Their spiritual blindness was so severe that they could not realize that only God can raise the dead or open the eyes of the blind. They completely rejected His miracles and especially the healings of thousands of people up and down the nation of Israel. If they would have done serious Scripture search and compared the life of Jesus to the Scriptures, they would have had their answer a long time ago. Their main concern was keeping their positions and wealth making schemes. (John 11:48 KJV) If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. Jesus had answered them many times on this question in various ways and places but their refusal to acknowledge Him had hardened them progressively.

Mat 26:64 (KJB)
Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus then responds to the High Priest’s question by stating that “Thou hast said:…” Since the High Priest had adjured Jesus on this matter, these three words of Jesus was a declaration under oath. In other words, Jesus had given total approbation to the words of Caiaphas and confirmed that he spoke the truth that Jesus was the Messiah. Then Jesus continues the statement with the word “hereafter” stating that after all these events take place and He goes back to Heaven, He will be seated at the right hand of power, that is, He will take His rightful place at the right hand of God the Father and when the last one is saved on earth, on the last day, then He will return on the clouds of glory to take His church home. (1 Th 4:16-17 KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Mat 26:65 (KJB)
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.

Once Jesus had made those three declarations, the High Priest then rent his clothes, that is, he tore his clothes and declared that Jesus had spoken blasphemy. Originally, to tear one’s clothes was a sign of grief. (Gen 37:34 KJV) And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. Later on in Israel, to rent one’s clothes had become a tradition. At the point that Caiaphas had rent His clothes, he himself had violated the law and should have been dealt with accordingly. (Lev 21:10 KJV) And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes; Then he makes the determination that no more witnesses were needed because now they all heard Him speaking blasphemy. On one hand they ask Jesus if He was the Messiah and then when He tells them that He will sit on the right hand of God and then return on an appointed day, which is what the Messiah would do, they considered it blasphemy instead of another declaration of His Messiahship. This proves no matter what Jesus said, they would have turned His words around and called it blasphemy.