The calendar is telling us it’s time to remember Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. But to many of us, Everyday is the day to reflect on the reality of the Cross, Jesus’ suffering and death, and His ultimate victory over Satan and death. So, let us continue with our discussion on Jesus, and His qualifications to become the ultimate Advocate.
Belief or trust in the words of another can be difficult. We’ve all undergone various experiences of being misled, lied to, deceived, let down, and disillusioned by others. Deception comes in a lot of forms and from many directions–most obviously, from candidates “advertising” their worth so we will vote for them, but more commonly and much more often from those closest to us–family, friends, those in the church, etc. But no deceit is found in Jesus. His very life and spoken word is consistent, unwavering, and true, beyond comparison.
“He was assigned a grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.”
Jesus was identified as a criminal because He was crucified between two men convicted of actual crimes. Yet we know Jesus was pure in heart and soul. He was/is the innocent, sinless, Lamb of God!
Following this type of death, His body would have been discarded as a common criminal, burned in a dump, or placed in a common grave. However, Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and respected leader in the Jewish community, asked Pilate to allow him to take Jesus’ body and place Him in his own grave. So Jesus was “assigned” to a rich man’s tomb just as Isaiah prophesied 750 years earlier.
“..nor was any deceit found in His mouth.” Anyone who encountered Jesus during His life on earth, knew Him to be a man of truth. But most of them “couldn’t handle the truth!”
“From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. ‘Do you want to leave too?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.'” John 6:66-69 NIV
There is no one else in this world who speaks such truth and has never been marred by deceit! Pilate was awestruck by Jesus, His innocence, and His integrity.
“‘You are a King, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.’ ‘What is truth?’ Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, ‘I find no basis for a charge against Him.'” John 18:37, 38 NIV
Pilate was face to face with the truth. But he couldn’t handle it.
“I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6
Since there is “no deceit in His Mouth”, we can trust Jesus without reservation. And we can trust everything He said without exception. If we trust in Him, without ever seeing Him, He says we are blessed! As He told His disciple, Thomas:
“Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” John 20:29 NIV
Jesus assures us that we are His disciples when we believe His words, and as a result, we are blessed by Him!
Why do we still doubt the one Who died while we were yet sinners and loved us before we were born?
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