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If I Have Spoken Wrongly, Testify of the Wrong

March 9, 2016

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If I Have  Spoken Wrongly,  Testify of the Wrong

Hatred  and jealousy  led the Jewish chief priests  and elders  to plot Jesus’ capture  and death.     In order  to fulfill  a number of prophecies  about our Savior’s suffering and death,  Judas was able  to betray Jesus  —  and the Jews were able  to capture Jesus  and hold a mock trial.

When the high priest questioned Jesus  about His teaching,  John 18:20-21  records,

Jesus answered him,  “I have spoken openly  to the world;  I always taught  in the synagogues  and in the temple,  where all the Jews  come together;  and I spoke nothing  in secret.     Why do you question Me?     Question those  who have heard  what I spoke  to them;  they know what I said.

How true.     The Pharisees and Sadducees often listened  to Jesus’ teaching,  along with the people.     The priests were fully aware  of everything Jesus taught  and of the many times  He healed people.     Questioning those who heard Jesus  would be most appropriate.     But,  with mock righteousness,  a nearby officer struck Jesus,  saying in John 18:22,

“Is that the way You answer  the high priest?”

Having been struck  did not stop Jesus  from pointing out  the truth  in John 18:23,

If   I have spoken wrongly,  testify  of the wrong;  but if rightly,  why do you strike Me?

When the court officer struck Jesus,  he wanted  to bully Jesus  into being fearful.     But,  in righteousness  and truth,  Jesus set the record straight before everyone.

When today’s world tries  to bully Christians,  we need  to stand strong  in God’s righteousness  and truth.     Jesus’  truths,  written by His followers  who “heard” Him,  are preserved for us  in the New Testament.     We need  to learn  God’s word,  so that we can become strong  in the true faith,  hope,  and love  of God.

Assured of God’s truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for Your eternal,  unchanging word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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