60 The cohen hagadol stood up in the front and asked Yeshua, “Have you nothing to say to the accusations these men are making?” 61 But he remained silent and made no reply. Again the cohen hagadol questioned him: “Are you the Mashiach, Ben-HaM’vorakh?” 62 “I AM,” answered Yeshua. “Moreover, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of HaG’vurah and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 63 At this, the cohen hagadol tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? 64 You heard him blaspheme! What is your decision?” And they all declared him guilty and subject to the death penalty.(Because of its faithfulness to Jewish tradition, I have quoted this passage from Mark ch. 14 using the text of the Complete Jewish Bible. "Cohen hagadol" means "the high priest"; "Mashiach" is "the Messiah"; "Ben-HaM'vorakh" translates as "Son of the Blessed" i.e., "Son of God"; and "HaG'vurah" is Hebrew for "the Power" -- a euphemism for the Divine Name which Jews were forbidden to pronounce. And notice how Jesus' answer to the High Priest's query echoes what God told Moses to say to the people of Israel when they asked who had sent him to them [Exodus 3:14].)
As a human and a Jew, Jesus was subject to Jewish law. At the same time, Jesus as the Son of God was himself the very end-point and object of Jewish law ("I came not to change the law, but to fulfill it" - Mt 5:17). Thus we come to the ultimate paradox of Jewish law: it was blasphemy for a man to claim to be the Son of God, but at the same time, only Jesus could truthfully make that claim -- and when asked directly, he could not truthfully deny it.
Jewish law, therefore, uniquely condemned to death the man who was the only Son of God. While it would put to death any true blasphemers who falsely claimed divinity, it also inescapably trapped God's Son in its mesh.
Jesus must have known this from the days when he first began to study the Torah as a youth. He was indeed destined to "fulfill the law", as the only one who could.
And God, of course, must have (fore)known this when he gave the law to Moses.
Had the high priest recognized Jesus as the Messiah in Jerusalem, he could not have imposed the penalty of the law, because it was naturally intended to punish only those who falsely claimed to be divine. But then the law would not have been fulfilled by Jesus' unique sacrifice.
So we have a true paradox to ponder: God gave the law to the Jews, so that in abiding by it they would keep His covenant, and avoid sin; but also so that in abiding by it (literally, but mistakenly) they would see to the deliverance of all of mankind from its sins -- while condemning to death, for "violating" the law, His only Son.