On: August 14, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Then the whole assembly rose and led Jesus off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” Luke 23:1-2
What an ugly concoction of bare-faced lies and twisted truth! In Luke 20:25, when discussing taxes, Jesus quite clearly said: “give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” So Jesus’s accusers were lying on this one. Their audience? The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, before whom Jesus was standing.
“Messiah” specifically means “anointed one”, but the accusers finessed this to “a king”. Twisted truth. Their target? King Herod, before whom Jesus would shortly stand, and whose father, Herod the Great, had reacted so malevolently when his kingship appeared threatened at Jesus’s birth, thirty years previously. (Matthew 2:16)
The only thing being subverted here was the truth. Which is the way it will always be when those who would oppose us are short of evidence to support their case.
As Christians in a secular society, we will find ourselves, individually and corporately, accused of all sorts of things that have either been twisted or are entirely wrong. Whilst our sense of injustice will be stirred, this shouldn’t surprise us or throw us. As we shall see on Day 289, Jesus remained silent before His accusers. It takes courage and discipline to hold our indignance at bay but, if we are to follow Jesus, silence is a very good starting point when we find ourselves unjustly accused. Our silence is our armour.
Lord Jesus, what a wonderful, if challenging, role model You are. Grant me the courage and discipline I need to steer my way through the challenges I face each day. Amen