We Tell the Truth No Matter What

Obey all of God’s commands – Deuteronomy 5:32

People Lie About Jesus

Mark 14:53-65

Jesus came to earth to die.  His sentence was promised from the beginning of time – but how could the religious leaders accuse him of a crime to fit the punishment.  No one could find anything wrong that Jesus had done; so they resorted to lies.  The accusers used false witnesses and made up testimony, which eventually contradicted each other and didn’t get their stories straight.

The high priest, as a lead prosecuting attorney, asked Jesus, “What do you have to say for yourself?” Jesus remained silent.  The priest then changed his line of questioning and asked, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”  Jesus could not remain silent; silence would have been a lie.  Jesus answered, “I Am.”

The room erupted at this supposed blasphemous admission, and the high priest tore his clothes in horror and called for an end to the trial.

Lies could not convict Jesus.  Truth, from the one who is truth, was the only evidence the leaders had to condemn Jesus to death.

Anyone ever try to cover up something by lying?  How quickly did the fabrication spiral out of control?  Telling the truth isn’t always easy.  Sometimes being truthful leads to temporary trouble – but in the end it’s always the right thing to do.  Jesus suffered for telling the truth, but ultimately we know that truth led to victory and freedom from sin.  Speaking of himself and his relationship with God, Jesus said in John 7:18, “A person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.”

We honor God, the one who sends us, by speaking the truth.

Challenge yourself to tell the truth no matter the consequences.