Caiaphas asks Jesus directly if he is the Messiah. Mark 14:61, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Judaism demanded proof of the Messiah’s identity – a messiah abandoned, easily captured and at the hands of his foes was inconceivable. This in itself proves to them that Jesus is not the Messiah. Moreover, it was felt that God alone was the one who could announce and enthrone the messiah. This is why the demand is for a simple yes or no.