Matthew 26:57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61 and said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'" 62 And the high priest stood up and said, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?" 63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." 64 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven." 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?" They answered, "He deserves death." 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?"
Jesus is our example to follow when we are betrayed by our friends and even family (Matthew 26:50; 10:35-36). When Jesus was persecuted for serving His heavenly Father, He was testified against by false witnesses the rulers of His people sought out. The same thing will happen to some Christians now and will happen to all Christians in the future (Revelation 2:9-10,13; Matthew 24:9). We are to follow the teaching of Jesus when this happens. In Matthew 5:11-12 Jesus taught us to rejoice and be glad when we are persecuted. In our passage before us today, Jesus gave us an example to follow in Matthew 26:64. Jesus was asked if He was the Christ, the Son of God, and He answered, "Yes" (lit. "You have said so." in verse 64). In the midst of the persecution Jesus remembered and stated who He was. We need to do the same thing. We need to remember who we are in Christ and state it. We are children of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are more than conquerors in Christ. We have all of Christ's resources available to us.
Jesus also faced persecution unto death knowing His future. "...But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven."(Matthew 26:64) When we face persecution we need to remember that we are seated with Jesus in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). When we face persecution we need to remember that we will be caught in the clouds to meet Jesus when He comes again to rule and will be with Him forever ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Knowing who we are and what our future holds enables us to stand firm for Jesus when we are persecuted. Luke wrote that even if we suffer death at the hands of our persecutors, not a hair of our head will perish (Luke 21:16-18). Never forget who you are in Christ and what your future is in Christ.