To whom or what are we accountable?

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John 5

45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

 

The hearers of this discourse were a Jewish audience who knew that Moses gave them the Ten Commandments and the other ordinances of the law.  This audience did not accept Jesus as coming from God so they were not going to accept His accusations of their sin.  Jesus then turned to Moses, the one whom they claimed to trust and told them that Moses was going to be the one to accuse them.

 

People haven’t changed.  No one wants to be responsible.  In my lifetime we have seen the erosion of law and therefore the erosion of responsibility.  Men and women have gotten away with murder and all other crimes when they had the money to do so.  In order to get a bigger criminal plea bargains are struck and people get away with lesser crimes.  I know one man who has gotten away with many crimes because he knows how to talk to a judge.  Be sure of this, when we stand before God none of us will stand up to Moses’ law; all of us will be accused by it and all of us will fall short.

 

In verse 47 Jesus observed the Jews really did not believe Moses’ writings for his writings pointed to Christ.  People today are no different.  They claim to follow the laws they like but in reality they don’t follow any laws completely.  They pick and choose what laws they like and what laws they don’t like.  We know where we can speed and where we can’t.

 

Jesus’ death on the cross was necessary to bear the judgment for the sins that all who would be saved.  All who reject God’s gift of life will be held accountable for all of their sins according to Moses’ law.  Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.  The world is already condemned by a standard set thousands of years ago.  Look to Christ as the only One who bore the judgment for your sin.  You don’t want to have to stand up before God with Moses’ law next to you.  You will fall short of the glory of God.

 

We meet tonight as God’s house of prayer for all nations.  Join us at 7:00 for prayer.  Kids4Truth continues tonight and the teens have their final night of Cola Clash!  Pray for our kids and for our teens to come to faith in Jesus Christ and to give their lives to follow Him.  Pray for it not to rain as Ben has outside activities planned. 

As I ponder our election cycle I realize that the only thing that can make a difference is prayer.  If God hears us and sees us broken for our sin and seeking Him for answers He will show us what He is going to do for our good and for His glory.  I am no longer going to be worried about who is going to be in the White House.  I am going to be seeking the Lord for His guidance for our country and am going to trust that what happens is His plan and I can rejoice in it. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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