The Challenge of Truth (Part 2)
Yesterday we started the story in John 7 with Jesus being challenged in who He is and what He represented. Today we wrap this up and look at what this implies for our own life. The world we live in has a real challenge with truth. As people, we conceal things in our own lives. I work with teenagers who can be petty at times in relationships and then never really get to the bottom of the issue. I often wonder what it is that the conflict is and no one wants to actually tell the truth. The reason is because no one likes to look like they have done something wrong. But, at times actions are just wrong. Having said that, this is the next question that they asked Jesus.
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all astonished. Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a child on the Sabbath. Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath? Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” – John 7:19-24
Jesus goes on to explain. If the people really sought to do the will of God, then the law of Moses would be their supreme guide. But, by their own practice, they are not even abstaining from everything on the Sabbath. If the day that a child was to be circumcised was on the Sabbath, they would do it. Jesus was being accused of openly breaking the Sabbath, when they do the same thing. In fact, His role was not as insignificant as circumcision. Jesus made someone whole, which was His main concern. He didn’t want to just help them obey the law, but to become whole. So, then, there had to be times when doing good over ruled the Sabbath laws.
The real issue here was not with the act, but it was with Him. They had a problem with Jesus assuming authority over the Sabbath, when the reality is that Jesus has divine authority over it all.
This is what it comes down to for you and I, authority. The World, by the nature of it, does not like Jesus. You certainly notice the double standard. Our country is about religious tolerance and diversity, unless you say Jesus, then you are too closed-minded and pushy. I have mentioned before, but the reality is that schools are very hostile toward the truth of God’s Word. Students are having a harder time being bold with their faith for fear of being mocked by not only students, but by teachers. They also are told they are not allowed to read their Bibles at school or do any sort of religious activity. They are very big on tolerance, but when it comes to Jesus Christ there is no tolerance granted. This is nothing new, but it is something you need to settle in your own heart. Who is Lord of your life? Who is the source of truth?
Who do you let speak into your life? Who has the authority to direct your life, to teach you, to lead you? Is it your friends and peer group? Is it that boy or girl that you like and will do anything to get the attention of? Is it popular culture, television shows, or celebrities? It is a matter of what you take in as truth. Whose words do you listen to? Do you know how to tell what is true and what isn’t?
There is a battle going on of true vs. false. You must open your Bibles and learn the truth, to see the words for yourself, to hear His Words and realize that He is the only source of truth. Unless you do, you will lack a foundation and easily be tossed around by the culture.