Rushing to their demise

Mark 14:55-58, “Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'”  Have you ever been accused of something you did not do? What did it feel like? I bet you were angry. Nothing is more infuriating than knowing that what has been brought against you is false.

Jesus was not only being falsely accused, but his accusers literally wanted to have Him killed.  They were so determined to see the Savior destroyed that they were willing to lie to have the end justify the means – at least in their minds.  It may seem strange, or even downright preposterous to believers that despite all evidence to the contrary, He was still accused of being an imposter. They did not just want Him punished for his ludicrous claims; as mentioned, they wanted the ultimate, most grievous punishment handed to him.

Did those who bore false witness against Jesus not read Pro. 6:16-19, “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”  They were even guilty of more than one of the things above God hates, yet they continued? Why would they do that? There were two primary reasons. The first was that despite ample evidence to the contrary, they believed he was a liar and not the Messiah. The second one was that they liked the status quo.

They liked the power they wielded and were unwilling to give it up. This upstart was going to get in the way of their goals, and there were going to have none of it. So, they lied and constructed evil plans to get rid of him, but they did not count on the possibility that He truly was the Messiah. To say they failed miserably is the understatement of all times, but there was a time when he bled on the cross and died that they must have thought they had won. Remember the story of Jesus when you are falsely accused. Patience will result in the truth coming to light, and at that moment, the accusers will become the losers.

I had a combat instructor who used to tell us, “Make sure you have the right weapon for the job and make sure you have the correct ammunition. Be patient. Don’t react too fast – the moment will present itself.”  Truth is the weapon, facts the ammunition, and patience will lead to the moment when the combination of the correct weapon and ammunition will result in a proclamation of your innocence. Like those who attacked Jesus, usually, those lies are hurled at you because of a hidden agenda, like in the case of Jesus, they will meet their day of reckoning. They will have to face the result of their false testimony, lies, and deception.

Jesus did not allow their claims to deter Him from the work at hand. He knew what He was commissioned to do, and He went about doing that, knowing they were plotting His demise. He already knew victory was His, so their pitiful attempts to rid the world of the great “I AM” was doomed to failure before they ever hurled the first false accusation. Continue doing what you are doing. Follow your goals and pay no heed to their pitiful attempts to get rid of you or to control you. They are planning yours, but it will be their demise they inadvertently rush toward. Don’t act hastily or vengefully because the opportunity to prove your innocence will present itself with patience.

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