Matthew – Fulfilled.
When we are accused of something we did not do or say, we are shocked, disappointed, disillusioned and feel very alone at the moment, wondering how many lies and how many people did the false accuser tell. Do we fight back with statements of what the truth really is? Do we seek documentation to prove the lies and innuendos are false? Or do we go silent and wait for the truth to surface? It’s hard when someone lies about you and works hard to discredit who you are and what you do. It happens in families, churches, workplaces and anywhere else people gathered. Why? Our sinful nature is to seek self, to satisfy self and to be looking out for only self.
Lying becomes our weapon to hold on to our human power over people. If things are not going our way, we lie about others who are doing the job well, so we can look better to the boss. Selfishness and power is the root of this sin against others.
Jesus knows. He gives us the ultimate example to follow as he is accused falsely and beaten nearly to death on this way to the cross. If the Son of God went through it, you can trust he understands when we experience being falsely accused.
Jesus goes silent. (Peter is watching from a distance. The Master, is still teaching by example. The greatest class of all is in session!) There comes a point when we must go silent and wait for Truth to surface. It always does. We do not need to fight back with more accusations against the foe. Stay clean from debating irrational, power-seeking people. This is not easy but necessary to rise above it all…with silence. And wait. In the wait, keep doing the work to please God.
Matthew 26, The Message
57-58 The gang that had seized Jesus led him before Caiaphas the Chief Priest, where the religion scholars and leaders had assembled. Peter followed at a safe distance until they got to the Chief Priest’s courtyard. Then he slipped in and mingled with the servants, watching to see how things would turn out.
59-60 The high priests, conspiring with the Jewish Council, tried to cook up charges against Jesus in order to sentence him to death. But even though many stepped up, making up one false accusation after another, nothing was believable.
60-61 Finally two men came forward with this: “He said, ‘I can tear down this Temple of God and after three days rebuild it.’”
62 The Chief Priest stood up and said, “What do you have to say to the accusation?”
63 Jesus kept silent.
Then the Chief Priest said, “I command you by the authority of the living God to say if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64 Jesus was curt: “You yourself said it. And that’s not all. Soon you’ll see it for yourself:
The Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One,
Arriving on the clouds of heaven.”
65-66 At that, the Chief Priest lost his temper, ripping his robes, yelling, “He blasphemed! Why do we need witnesses to accuse him? You all heard him blaspheme! Are you going to stand for such blasphemy?”
They all said, “Death! That seals his death sentence.”
67-68 Then they were spitting in his face and banging him around. They jeered as they slapped him: “Prophesy, Messiah: Who hit you that time?”
Think about it…
–Every mocking slap of our Savior stings our hearts.
–Our lesson? God knows when lies are said. His timing is best to work Truth to the surface of every situation.
–Truth is the Person of Jesus Christ.
–God understands. Jesus is our advocate.
–Live by the example of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord…by the Power of the Holy Spirit living in us.
–Be transformed by His Holy Spirit.
–Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
In Jesus Name, Amen