The Voice Of Truth

Jesus made the statement, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” The opposing side of this truth is true as well. Those who do not believe on Jesus do not hear God’s voice. There is a story found in the gospel of John from which I have chosen today’s text that explains the consequences of refusing to hear the voice of truth. The same consequences the Jewish people suffered apply to any country in which the truth has been preached and the people fight against it by refusing to hear and obey. The Jews punishment came forty years after their rebellion, and ours will surely come as well if we don’t repent and seek God’s forgiveness for abandoning Him during this critical time in world history. The Jews have God’s Word they will abide in their land forever, but America does not have that same guarantee. If we as Christians are wise, we will stand up and be counted now and quiet the voice of dissent among us by going to the voting booth and removing those people from power. If we fail to act now while there is still time, the future of America is uncertain at best. Please read the following story carefully as it clearly outlines the failure of God’s people to respond appropriately at a time when God was present with them.
 
[John 18:28 – 40] Then they (the chief priest and those with them) led Jesus from Caiaphas (the high priest) to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they (the priest) themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered and said to , “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.” Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke signifying by what death He would die. Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus. and said to Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning me?” Pilate answered Him, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered , “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all. But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber…  Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.” [John 19:15-16]
Even though the hour was early the news that Jesus has been taken captive by the Jewish leadership and taken to the Praetorium to be judged by the Roman court had spread like wildfire through the people in Jerusalem. The story I am writing my message from makes it clear the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus dead. They wanted Him removed from their sight. And this is the same mistake America is making today. We pity the Jews for the mistake they made, but this is exactly what our elected officials are trying to do today. They are trying with all of their might to remove Jesus from our midst. The Jews made the accusation before Pilate, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.” And only after it became clear to them that Pilate wanted to free Jesus did they state their real reason for bringing Jesus before the Roman court, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” However their reason for wanting Him dead puzzled Pilate, so when he began questioning Jesus and focused his inquiry on the Jews accusations that Jesus had made Himself a King. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you a king then?”  Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” After Jesus made it clear to Pilate that His kingdom was not a present danger to the Roman government with the words, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate determined the accusations of the Jews against Jesus was groundless and sought to free Him with the proclamation, “I find no fault in Him at all.” But the Jews would not hear of this. They had gone too far to turn back. If Jesus were found innocent and released by the Romans, never again would they be in a position to bring any kind of charges against Him. If He were not put to death at this time, they were fearful they would lose their power over the people, and they were determined they were not going to let that happen. And this is the crux of the matter in America today. Jesus, and the Christians are a threat to the power of our elected officials and our judicial system; and they do not want to lose their newly gained power over the American people.
Pilate was convinced Jesus was innocent of any wrong doing proposed a deal to the high priest, But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews? But, never in a million years did Pilate expect to hear what he heard next. “Then they (the Jews) all cried again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas! Now Barabbas was a robber…” I can imagine the look of surprise on Pilate’s face when he heard the Jews request for a known robber to be released into their midst instead of this righteous Man who was innocent of the charges they had brought against Him. And, the Jews weren’t done. They wanted Jesus dead, and they were willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to achieve their end. “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” The Jews cried. Pilate couldn’t believe what he was hearing coming from the mouths of these seemingly peaceful very religious people. He then asks the question, “Shall I crucify your King?” And the chief priest responded with, “We have no king but Caesar!” Their last response had to make Pilate smile, but in the back of his mind he knew if they would turn on an innocent man with such ferocity in favor of a thief, they would turn on Rome in a heartbeat given the opportunity to do so.
The Jews because of their envy did not realize the depths of their insanity when they said to Pilate, “We have no king but Caesar.” They did not understand that with that statement, they had by their own words, declared before all of creation, that they (God’s chosen people) were not subjects of God, but of Caesar; and they did not understand that with that declaration, God’s justice would fall upon their heads because they had abandoned the one True God who had brought them up out of Egypt centuries before. In another gospel it tells us they went one step further in their declaration before Pilate that day, “Let His blood (the blood of the Son of God) be upon our heads and the heads of our children.” [Matthew 27:25] And so their blood was upon their heads for the next two thousand years. They, and their children, underwent unbelievable sufferings and hardships at the hands of their enemies because of their act of treason that day at the Roman judgment seat.
The Jewish nation who was, is, and will always be God’s chosen people, have never repented of their sins against God and His Son. And to this day, they still do not understand why they have suffered the way they have at the hands of their enemies. When they made the declaration before all of creation that God was no longer their King, and they had replaced Him with an earthly man who was completely evil, they had unwittingly joined forces with Satan, the enemy of God and man. By their own words they had given Satan the authority to cast them out of their homeland and spread them around the world where they would suffer mercilessly at the hands of their enemies for many many generations climaxing with the deaths of some six million Jews during the Nazi holocaust just preceding their return to their homeland in 1948. If the Jewish people had eyes that see, they would have read and understood that it was the words of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, that pronounced the punishment that would come upon him and his people for attempting to kill the first born of the Jews during the days of Moses when God had determined to set them free. It is sad because until this day the Jewish people continue to suffer because they do not yet understand nor accept responsibility for the actions of their fathers who rejected the God they think they serve. But God has not given up on them, and one day they will come to understand who Jesus was, is, and will always be: Jesus said in [John 3:17-18] “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved, he who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” So we see this statement is not all inclusive as many think, but only includes those who make the Son of God, their Lord. We have heard our president say, “America is no longer a Christian nation.” This is exactly what the Jews said on the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, “We have no king but Caesar.” They had withdrawn their allegiance from God and gave it to Caesar. God could not let their rebellion go unpunished. America please understand: Every declaration we make is heard in heaven, and if we allow this declaration to stand; we are declaring before heaven and earth that we no longer want the One who gave us this land to be our God and King. And if we do not speak up now for what we know to be the truth; the hand of God will be against this nation and it will fall just as surely as Jerusalem fell and it inhabitants were dispersed around the world. DThrash
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4 Comments

  1. DThrasher

    (Quote) Jews were independent – they wanted to build things and have roads and running water and infrastructure like other cultures, but God kept them down by barbaric bloody ritual. Rebellion against God can be understood because of ignorance.(End of Quote)

    Reply: First of all you don’t understand covenant. Covenant is a contract where two parties join in an agreement to do for the other what the other can’t do for themselves. God destroyed the first born of all the Egyptians and their animals to save the Israelites because the Israelites were too weak to obtain their freedom from the Egyptians themselves, and as a result of God’s actions to free them, they were to give the life of a perfect animal once a year on Passover to remind them of their night of salvation and freedom from slavery.

    No one is independent. You may think you are, but let’s see you manufacture your own air, water, and nutrition. You can’t by yourself because you need what is already here to even begin. We need air to breathe, water to drink, and food to nourish our bodies and by the mere fact we needs those things that makes us totally dependent upon someone else to supply them. And who might be the one who supplies those basic needs?

    Even in our modern times rebellion draws a response from the one rebelled against. The Jews may not have like the punishment they received for their rebellion, but what rebel does?

    (Quote) But what about God’s inability to reason with them and guide them into compliance? The Jews were obviously unimpressed with God’s breast-thumping – I certainly am. (End of Quote)

    Reply: Since when does the creator of a thing have to reason with the thing created to get it to do what the creator pleases? Never. If the thing created doesn’t do as expected, it is reworked until it does what it is suppose to do. Otherwise, if it never reaches its stated purpose, it is junked and thrown out on the scrap heap. As a result of the Israelites rebellion, they were taken captive and placed in foreign lands for years at a time. Their own actions led them into these places. It wasn’t God’s desire for them to be in those places. It was His plan for them to be the light of the world, but their rebellion caused their light to go out, and when it did, they suffered just like we do when the power goes off for days at a time.

    (Quote) The definition of “idiot” is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. This is what God does in His dealings with the Jews.

    Reply: You call God an idiot, I call Him wise and patient. If you have children of your own do you not continue to teach them to do right even though they rebel against you time and again? Most loving parents do.

    (Quote) Exotic animal trainers use positive motivation – and never blame the animal. God can learn from us and the animals He created. Don’t blame the Jews – blame the Trainer. (End of Quote)

    Reply: You’ve got to be kidding. Positive motivation doesn’t work with our children, why do you think it would have worked with the Israelites? It doesn’t work with people because we have a ‘will of our own’ and if it requires extra work, we generally won’t do it because we don’t want to be put out.

    God promised the Israelites, (Deuteronomy chapter eight) lands, vineyards, new homes, gold and silver, and would destroy all their enemies for them. All they had to do was walk across the land He had given them. He gave them 300,000 square miles of land, but all they would let Him give them was 30,000 sq. miles. Or, a place about the size of Rhode Island when He wanted to give them a homeland about half the size of the United States. They settled for ten percent of what He wanted to give them, and that is what most people do. They settle for a lot less than what they are capable of obtaining, but God is not a sugar daddy. If you want what He has for you, you fulfill your part of the bargain, and He fulfills His end. We don’t expect less of our children or our partners in business; why do we think God has to do it all and we receive the best He has for doing nothing. Ain’t gonna happen.

    It is apparent you don’t know anything about the God of Heaven and the creator of the land you live on. He is nothing like you stated in your comment. As a matter of fact, I, and millions of others have found Him to be the exact opposite of the things you stated. Forest Gump stated in the movie ‘Forest Gump’, “Stupid is as stupid does.” From your comments on this subject that statement hits pretty close to home. You talk about things you have no knowledge of, and make accusations about someone you don’t know. I am assuming you did these things out of ignorance. If not, I wouldn’t be telling the people who read my blog your opinions of the God they serve. DThrash

  2. Jews were independent – they wanted to build things and have roads and running water and infrastructure like other cultures, but God kept them down by barbaric bloody ritual. Rebellion against God can be understood because of ignorance. But what about God’s inability to reason with them and guide them into compliance? The Jews were obviously unimpressed with God’s breast-thumping – I certainly am. The definition of “idiot” is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. This is what God does in His dealings with the Jews. God has no problem “hardening” Pharoah’s heart, but can’t convince the Jews to obey His Petty Rules. Exotic animal trainers use positive motivation – and never blame the animal. God can learn from us and the animals He created. Don’t blame the Jews – blame the Trainer.

  3. DThrasher

    Roland, I am replying to this comment only because you have an opposing view and from your signature I would say you have a chip on your shoulder and if every tee isn’t crossed and every I dotted to your satisfaction you must correct the other person. And I perceive you are easily offended by anything you don’t whole heartedly agree with. Both of these attitudes are not befitting a Christian. But with the ease with which you attack others by first throwing up a smoke screen of scattered facts to distract them, before you cut them down to size. I would venture to guess you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life. Be that as it may, it is not for me to judge you, the people who read your scathing rebuttals can do that for themselves.

    And now in response to your comments.
    (1.) I wrote what Jesus said to the religious leaders, “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” That’s the words of Jesus, not mine. It stands to reason then, “Those who do not hear His voice, is not of the truth.” The rest of your comment has no relevance because Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-4 & 14) and His Words are written down in the bible for us, and the Holy Spirit is our instructor who gives us the understanding of that Logos Word. As for the two Jesus’ you made reference to, the distinction was made clear with the words of the Chief Priest, “Not this man, but Barabbas” where he clearly identified the two. As for your history lesson, thanks, but for all intents and purposes the events from which I took my message took place on one morning. As for the rebellion I referred to, is referenccing the statement made by the Chief Priest, who was speaking for nation of Israel, “We have no king but Caesar,” Thus removing their allegiance from God and Jesus, His Son, and placing it with Caesar. This is rebellion of which God could not overlook. And with the statement, “Let His blood be upon our heads and the heads of our children;” they pronounced their own punishment that was to come. Of which I am sure you understood upon your reading of my post. The destruction of Jerusalem and the fall of the nation of southern Israel came as a direct result of Chief Priests declaration and took place in AD 70, approximately 40 years, or one generation later. God gave the Israelites one generation to repent or retract their statements. They didn’t, and the rest is history. But I am sure you are already aware of that fact.

  4. Whoa… excuse me… but you seems to be embarrassingly ‘off-base’ re. your ‘sermon’ concerning “Jesus”; “Barabbas” and the choice ‘the Jews’ made, -historically speaking.

    Your logic is skewed and faulty… and, irrational at best. You exhibit no knowledge of either the Jews or Jewish history or “Jesus” or “Barabbas”, much less (if that be even possible) and ‘Christianity’.

    To begin with: “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” The opposing side of this truth is true as well. Those who do not believe on Jesus do not hear God’s voice.”… can mean two things… 1. those who were present ‘who are of the mind and heart of ‘truth’ who heard “Jesus” speak directly, and 2. those who are living now ‘who are of the mind and heart of truth who do not and can not actually hear “Jesus” speak. Let me say this:
    It does not follow that your assumption re. “Those who do not believe on Jesus do not hear God’s voice”. Among other things, there were two men named “Jesus”, yet you do not differentiate between the two men, -“the consequences of refusing to hear the voice of truth” is not established… except in your own mind… not in fact. You go on to say: ‘The same consequences the Jewish people suffered apply to any country in which the truth has been preached and the people fight against it by refusing to hear and obey.’ … Would that you ‘preach’ intellectual slavery? I think not. I hope not. Moreover, you say: “The Jews punishment came forty years after their rebellion, and ours will surely come as well if we don’t repent and seek God’s forgiveness for abandoning Him during this critical time in world history.”, -do you know that “forty years after their rebellion” came thirty years before (when Judas the Galilean rose up)? Indeed, nearly a thousand years before that time… even when before Saul became the first ‘anointed’ king of the Jews, -thus, establishing an innovation among the “Jews”, i.e. the establishment of a theocratic government v. worshiping the one true God of Israel? And, that Saul was replaced by the ‘anointment’ of David… and that David was succeeded by the ‘anointment’ of his son, Solomon and, that Solomon was succeeded by his son, Rehoboam… but who was revolted against by ten tribes… whereby, Jeroboam established a parallel secular government? You say, “…the failure of God’s people to respond appropriately at a time when God was present with them.”, -I assume by ‘God’s people’ that you mean to say ‘Jews'(sarcastically)… ‘failed to respond appropriately at a time when God was present with them’… (God is not ‘present with the Jews’… and everybody else on the planet?), what is ‘appropriate’, -it was , supposedly, the will of God that ‘He gave to the world His Only Begotten Son for the forgiveness of sins of all humankind.

    “…the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus dead.”, so say you, -I beg to differ: Saul of Tarsus wanted Jesus [Christ] dead, or, more accurately, ‘the descendant of David and Jewish messiah’. As I said beforehand, king Saul was replaced by David, etc… Saul of Tarsus is the namesake and descendant of king Saul, -think not that the young Saul had nothing to do with ‘the descendant of David and Jewish messiah’s’ capture and death… as well as re-writing Jewish history, -providing you with young Saul’s hatred, jealousy (envy) of all things David’s. Your (barely) veiled distain of things ‘Jewish’ belies your ignorance… particularly as it concerns “Jesus”, “Barabbas” and the necessity to crucify ‘the descendant of David and the Jewish messiah’.

    It is written in the original Greek Gospel according or attributed to Matthew (27:17) the ‘Barabbas” name was “Jesus”, -but that His name ([Jesus] was willfully removed or omitted from the Latin translation of the same text (around 390 c. e.) and most of the subsequent translations thereafter… leaving us with only ‘Barabbas’ instead. It should be known that ‘Barabbas’ is not a proper or surname per se’, rather, it is an Aramaic appellation, the meaning of which is: Bar = Son + Abba = Father (as in ‘the Father of us all’ or ‘God’, if you will).

    ‘Enough said (for now)…

    Roland, -a reluctant iconoclast.

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