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Consequences of Sin

Consequences of Sin – Disagreeable dishonesty (Mark 1:19-20)

Today’s Reading: Mark 14-16

Today’s Reflection: Mark 14:55-56

55) Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56) For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.

After months of plotting and scheming, the Pharisees and the chief priests had finally put their plan to eliminate Jesus into motion.  Bringing Him before the Council of the Priests (the Sanhedrin) they had already planted false witnesses to accuse Jesus so they could condemn Him to death.  But there was a problem—the accounts from the false witnesses didn’t agree.  They contradicted each other.

In our world today there are many false witnesses against Jesus.  Some say He was a good man, perhaps even a prophet, but not the Son of God.  Some say He was a fraud who faked His death and resurrection.  Some say His claims of divinity are borrowed from ancient mythology.  Some say He was a madman.  Some say He never even existed at all.

Notice something about these accounts?  None of them agree.  All of the false witnesses against Jesus can’t seem to make up their minds as to what or who He was or is.

Jesus was—is—no ordinary man.  He is God.  He is the truth.  And truth is a law as sure and certain as the laws of physics.  Any word spoken against Jesus cannot stand.  It can’t help but to expose itself as false.  And this forces us to make a choice: accept Jesus, His testimony and His Gospel as true, or to attempt to live in harmony with lies and deceit.

Acts 4:11 – This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.

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