Thursday 20 February 2020

THE CLASH OF OPPOSED WILLS basic difference between Jesus and people around Him was that Jesus was out to fulfill the will of God the Father whereas the people around Him sought their own will. He proved that He was the Son of God by subjecting Himself to His Father’s will and setting His will on learning obedience to His Father through His sufferings. In this He was led by the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of God. Jesus also called Him the Spirit of Truth. Because He was driven by the Spirit of Truth, He meant what He said, and His actions never contradicted His speech.

On the other hand, the people who opposed Him were driven by the spirit of the world. Ephesians 2:1-3 says this about it:

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” spirit made them sons of disobedience. When he works in them, they invariably end up serving their ‘self’ through lusts of flesh, and desires of the flesh and mind. Bible calls these desires evil. Because they center in their self, it renders them absolutely limited in scope. Because their very ‘self’ is limited. In the light of Jesus’ presence, they felt being exposed. They knew their reality so well that in order to justify themselves and what they were doing, they took recourse to false light, that is, hypocrisy.

I would like to draw your attention to the path they follow, led by their hypocrisy:

1.   They wanted to eat Passover, but they just ate it without believing in the Passover! They had a form of godliness but denied its power.
2.   They said that according to the Law, Jesus must die. Ironically, according to the Law, Jesus must indeed die! But they said that He must die according to the Law because He was a sinner. The truth was that He had to die according to and in fulfillment of the Law; because He was the Paschal Lamb which must be sacrificed to redeem the nation of Israel and set her apart from the world (the Egyptians). The Passover was a sign/promise of Jesus’ coming as the Passover Sacrifice, and in Him the Passover was fulfilled with finality. He perfected the Passover. By calling Him a sinner, they had insulted Passover which they said they believed in and honored by making themselves holy so that they might eat it. Actually, they were defiling themselves before taking Passover. It was their way of hurting Passover.
3.   They called Him King of the Jews just to mock Him. Their king was Caesar.
4.   They did not want to consider Jesus as their king; therefore they called Caesar to be their king.
5.   They knew that He was righteous; therefore they punished Him.
6.   They said, according to the Law, Jesus must die because He claimed to be the Son of God. But in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 1, it is written: “You are the children of the Lord your God.” Thus, they falsified the Law by which they tried to condemn Jesus who was indeed the Son of God.
7.   They, by punishing Jesus for calling Himself the Son of God, and by evoking the Law in doing so, declared that they were not the children of God. That was the reason why they actually worked against the Law through their actions.
8.   They blackmailed Pilate by saying that if he would let Jesus go unpunished, he would prove that he was not a friend of Caesar. In other words, they said that he must prove himself to be Caesar’s friend. The same people were actually not friends of Caesar. Therefore, they asked Pilate to free Barabbas instead of Jesus. They became Caesar’s friend just because their enmity towards Jesus was greater than that which they bore against Caesar. In forcing Pilate to prove that he was a friend of Caesar, they made him an enemy of the One who they knew was God.

They did and did not mean anything; they did and did not accomplish anything. It was Jesus who accomplished all that He did. Hallelujah. Therefore, only what He did is established forever; what His opponents did was destroyed along with them. There is wisdom in being part of God’s plan. That’s the whole point. It requires obedience to God.


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