Text: “Pilate then went out unto them (the Jewish accusers), and said, What accusation bring ye against this Man?”
morning, accused Christian! When the
world, the flesh, and the Devil all seek to cause us grief, invariably the
charge is against our Christian faith and practice. When every-day individual faults and
weaknesses - which we all have - fail to measure up to the degree of hatred our
enemies desire to level against us as Christians; the world seeks to find some
fault in our worship of God. This was
Daniel’s experience, as it was the Christ’s.
Daniel, the Jewish exile, was promoted to be one of the ‘presidents’ of King
Darius’ kingdom, and was preferred over all others in authority. (Daniel
the other local rulers envious, and they did what many do today - they
conspired against Daniel to bring him down. (Daniel 6:4)
find fault with Daniel in his public and civic duties, these envious rulers
turned their microscopes upon Daniel’s religious views and practices - that there, they might find the necessary faults with which to accuse him.
these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find
it against him concerning the law of his God.”
accusers then turned their minds to another familiar tactic that we Christians
find alive and well, and still working, today!
They began to legislate laws designed to bring Daniel into conflict with
the King. Nothing much has changed
there, has it? They ‘…made mischief by
framing a law…’
throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a
law? They gather themselves together
against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.” (Psalm 94:20-21)
As it was
with Daniel hundreds of years before Christ’s incarnation as a man; so it was
with the Lord Jesus in His time; and so it will continue to be with us, Christ’s
servants, until the Lord Jesus returns again for us.
hypocritical religious leaders at Jerusalem, headed by Caiaphas and Annas, led
Jesus into the "…hall of judgement…" - but "…they themselves went not into the
judgement hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the
Passover.” (V.28) What utter hypocrisy! What dead religion!
alone; they be blind (Spiritually blind) leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall
fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
sense of self-importance, and self-righteousness, was made evident when Pilate
asked them the question I have featured in today’s Bible text: "What accusation bring ye against this man?" (V.29)
hypocrites replied: "…If He were not a malefactor (an evil-doer, a criminal),
we would not have delivered Him up unto thee." (V.30)
accusers frequently expose their own antichristian unbelief, with lies from
their own mouths. "By their fruits ye
shall know them…"
further exposes the real intent of these religious charlatan’s hearts in verse
31 - wrongfully punishing the faultless Jesus was not enough for them - they really hated Christ Jesus, and wanted
Pilate unto them, Take ye Him, and judge Him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not
lawful for us to put any man to death.”
from the false accusers, Pilate further interrogated the Lord Jesus; questioned
Him in depth concerning His religious beliefs and views.
all Pilate’s deeper interrogation, the Roman Governor could come up with no
other conclusion than you, me, or any other person who has ever lived: “I find in Him (Christ Jesus) no fault at
all.” (V.38) Hallelujah!
is most sweet; yea, He is altogether lovely.
This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend, O daughters of
Jerusalem.” (Solomon’s Song 5:9-16)
In you and
in me - and in every other Christian that ever lived, or ever shall live - the
world will always find many faults and failings and sins. However, the accusers can NEVER find faults
or failings in the ever-Holy Jesus.
“We have not
an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but
was in all points tempted like as we are, YET WITHOUT SIN.” (Hebrews 4:15)
Praise God, we have a faultless Saviour/Lord! Let us bring our worship to Him. Christ Jesus alone is worthy to be worshipped and praised. All glory to His Holy Name!
Christian believers go to Heaven on Christ’s Righteousness!