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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