Evil Destroys Hope

“And immediately, while he yet
Spake, cometh Judas, one of the
Twelve, and with him a great
Multitude with swords and staves, from
The chief priests and the scribes and
The elders.
And he that betrayed him had
Given them a toke, saying, whomsoever
shall kiss, that same is he;
Take him, and lead him away safely.”
Mark 14:43-44.

Several days ago, while listening to an AM station a man came on the air waves with a British accent. The more the words came forth it was obvious this man knew what he was saying as he spoke about Christianity. The narrative was gripping. The mas was the stepson of C.S. Lewis. He related the account how C.S. Lewis wrote the book, “Mere Christianity”.

When Great Britain entered into the World War II at the beginning it was decided that the young men had to be given hope. The government was calling to talk  these young men into give their lives in the Battle for Great Britain – especially those who were  in the air war.

It was then that C.S. Lewis was asked to give time to a radio program. These talks proved to be important to the general population as well as the fighting men and women. This man of letters had a way with words that few people possess. The man could explain complex subjects in a very simple manner. Here was a person that could voice ideas so that the average person understood.

From those talks on the radio came this famous and brilliant book, “Mere Christianity”.  This small volume has had a profound influence on thousands of people. Christ will have tremendous effect upon the lives of people.
Evil people always want to destroy the message of Jesus Christ.  You may have noticed the many evil tries to subvert the truth.  It’s very simple. First, it is to attempt discredit the speaker or writer.

The second way is more sinister. Kill them! The obvious fact is that the latter is used again and again in the government. It is always under some alternative concept. Most Presidents in the last sixty years have had attempts made on their life. This is the reason the Secret Service has offices in The White House.

The society we live in is violent. Killing another human is a way of life. There is one thing certain and that is evil always espouses death. That this mean spirit exists in all races all races is obvious.  The leaders of the United States is just another example. Here are some examples of killing sprees that our government has seemingly been involved in:

  • Attempts to kill Castro of Cuba,
  • Diem in Vietnam,
  • The American Indian Tribes,
  • Allende of Chile,
  • Leaders of Iraq, and
  • Gaddafi of Libya
Some of the people sought to die have deserved death but my point is that the United States often is knee deep in the killings.

JESUS WAS A CANDIDATE

In the history of the Jewish people the prophets were not accepted by their leaders. We are told these men were persecuted again and again. It was Elijah who thought that he was the only worshiper of Jehovah God remaining in all of Israel. This seems to be law even for Israel. It was in Kings 19:18-19.

“Yet I have left me seven thousand
In Israel, all the knees which
Have not bowed unto Baal, and every
Mouth which hath not kissed
Him.
So he departed thence, and
Found Elisha the son of Sha’phat,
Who was plowing with twelve yoke
Of oxen before him, and he with the
And cast his mantle upon him.”


This is only one example how depressing it must have been for the prophets to be in Israel.

EVIL AND DARKNESS

Always evil will go to darkness to do its work. This is a common way of operating. Unless it is a crime of violence it seems that evil does it works at night.  Yes, one would suspect that the majority of crimes are committed in the night time.

The arrest of Jesus was no exception. He was brought to the civil and religious magistrates at night. The affair was carried out at night. You should recall all of this could have been carried out in daylight. He was in and out of the Temple on a daily basis.

There will always be a person who will turn on him who has befriended the person. In this case it was Judas. In our day and time, we know this to be true. Look at the situation as to how the appointments of President Trump that problems have happened.


These are called leaks of classified information.


RELIGIOUS TRIAL

The first encounter with the authorities was at the High Priest’s house. Jesus had to be silenced
quickly. We know that John 18: 12-14 explains to us what was about to happen.

“Then the band and the captain
And officers of the Jews took Jesus,
And bound him,
And led him away to An’nas
First; for he was father in law to
Cai’a-phas, which was the high
Priest that same year.
Now Cai’a-phas was he, which
Gave counsel to the Jews, that it was
Expedient that one man should die
For the people.”


The entire system was a corrupt mess. Cai’a-phas was a High Priest – but his father helped setup this murder of Jesus.

It was easy to see the authorities felt the system had to be reckoned with as soon as possible. This man from Galilee was upsetting the political balance of power so look what he had done:

Caused havoc in the stocks at the Temple,
Caused the money changes to be exposed,
Caused the Temple to be a place of worship and prayer,
Caused the Law of Moses to be set aside,
Caused the priests to be given different names, and
Caused the people to respect Jesus.


This man had to be brought to his knees. This Jewish politician no longer could stay in power with Jesus walking the streets of Jerusalem.

President Trump took some of his actions from Jesus. Into today’s way of thinking we/they had enough. Why Jesus was taken to Caiaphas was to lay the groundwork to kill Jesus Christ. This living at the house of Caiaphas resembled a court proceeding but actually what it was a kangaroo court. Even in Communist courts’ there will be a court proceeding. This type of legal hearings happen in the United States. The judge denied what happened in Hawaii with Pesident Trump’s executive order.

In Matthew 26: 64-65, Jesus said who he was and where he derived his power.

“Jesus said unto him, thou hast
Said: nevertheless, I say unto you,
Hereafter shall ye see the Son of
Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Then the high priest rent his
Clothes, saying, he hath spoken
Blasphemy; what further need have
We of witnesses? Behold, now ye
Have heard his blasphemy.”

This infuriated the religious leaders who cried out for his death. Before Pilate This ruler from Rome did not want to be a part of this fiasco that the Jews had against this righteous man. He saw through their evil ways. John 18:28-30, shows the dilemma Pilate was put in.  There was no valid charge against Jesus!


Pilate had to rule against Jesus for the sake of a compromise.


“Then led they Jesus from Cai’a-phas
Unto the hall of judgement: and
It was early; and they themselves
Went not into the judgement hall, lest
They should be defiled; but that the
Might at the Passover.
Pilate then went out unto them,
And said, what accusation bring ye
Against this man?”
Yes, Pilate was caught between a rock and a hard place. He did not want a rebellion but, Pilate understood why these Jews hated Jesus.
Governments silence those who speak out against corruption. Years ago, I went to the Federal penitentiary in Colorado. The purpose was to discuss a certain inmate’s current confinement.This man had written a book about the corruption in government.

On some sort of bogus situation, he had been confined in this place. I told him to watch his back.Within two or three months this man had 30 plus knife cuts on his body. The United States government did not protect him.

Herod had heard about Jesus.  Since Jesus was from Galilee, Pilate sent him to this government monster. This is the same Herod who had John the Baptist beheaded. It is in Luke 23:8, that Herod looked upon him.

“And when Herod saw Jesus, he
was exceeding glad: for he was
desirous to see him of a long season,
because he had heard many things
of him; and he hoped to have seen
some miracle done by him.”

Only the political hacks wanted him dead. Those who conquer other nations often parade the conquered before the citizens. Heathen always do this. The United States has never used this form of vanity. Finally, it appeared evil had won since Jesus was condemned to die even though Pilate didn’t want to do it. The pressure was mounting to kill the Son of God.
All of the great issues of life call for decisions whether it is Jesus or Barabbas. Pilate tried to rid his hands of the blood of Jesus. It never works. It is either Jesus or the world. The choice is clear.

What we Christians know what has been told to us that blood must be shed for the remission of our sins. Jesus did this at Calvary.
In Hebrews 9:22, the writer states the reason blood need to be poured out from the body of Jesus Christ.


“And almost all things are by the
Law purged with blood; and without
Shedding of blood is no remission.”

From the beginning of creation there was a plan of Redemption. Evil thought this was a victory – but it actually was a defeat of God over evil.


CONCLUSION
  1. Realize what is happening,
  2. Out of defeat comes victory,
  3. Trust no government, 
  4. Most people will not follow Christ.


KEEP THE FAITH!


ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD?


“Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
 

[Refrain]
 

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?
 

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!”

Gerald K Fugit

April 2, 2017
DiggingOldWells.com

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