“And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him” (v65). The soldiers who mocked Jesus didn’t believe that they were ridiculing God Himself, because they were not immediately struck down. Jesus allowed himself to be betrayed, arrested, and put on the cross – humiliated – because he was bearing the shame of our sin. Yet his death had purpose, leading to victory: “From now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God" (v69).
“What further testimony do we need?” (v71). Just like the soldiers, the authorities, and the disciples, we all must respond to the testimony of Jesus. He experienced our death so that we can have life.