Liars, lies and being lied to.
Luke 23: 1-7
Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Whenever we turn on the television or listen to the radio at the moment it seems an interviewer os asking a political figure, ‘But how can the public trust you?’
Is this a lie? It seems to be the big question at the moment.
Well it’s not new is it?
You have many stories I am sure. I recall a man who went to Bible College many years ago for a 12 month course and had his spouse do every single essay for him. He passed, so she did well!
Jesus has been taken into the centre of politics. He is there because of lies.
- Subverting our nation.
- Opposes payment of taxes to Caesar
- Claims to be Messiah, a king
- Stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching.
You can see elements that are true but they are packaged in lies. Distorting the truth. Misrepresenting the accuracy of the situation. It is what the father of lies specialises in. All that needs to happen is to convince others to see just a glimpse of the accusation and then the lie has worked.
It is so difficult when people are speaking lies about you or when they believe things about you that are not true.
Here is what I have come to believe:
- What is spoken against you is not as established as it may look.
- What is spoken to you about someone else is not the evidence of the reality.
- The lie against you can lead you into the destiny God has for you, it can become a servant.
- It takes wisdom to dissect a lie.
- It takes courage to walk through a lie.
I have found the above 5 statements of great comfort to me.
But what does Jesus give us in this passage?
I believe He would say. Let the liars have their day. There are moments when what you say is not as important as what is being said about you. Resist all attempts to defend yourself. You have nothing to hide.
“You have said so,” Jesus replied
That is his reply.
Let the liars speak. We serve the ‘I am the Way, the TRUTH and the Life’.