April 8, 2020
Calvary – The Contempt and Poison of Politics
Luke 23:34 (KJB) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Jesus Christ supernaturally rose above the hatred and evil division rampant on this earth through the power of God to express and extend His unconditional love, mercy, and grace available for humanity.
Naturally, every man from birth harbors only contempt and hatred for the Truth of God. Hearts are naturally at war, or in opposition to God’s goodness and grace. However, this does not dampen or destroy the will of God in any circumstance in heaven or on this earth. The crowd, the soldiers, the men of authority, the hearts of many present were bursting with bitterness and animosity in hearing the message of Truth Jesus Christ introduced to them. Especially when Jesus Christ professes to be The Son of God, this eternal truth garnered fire in many hearts.
Especially upon hearing Jesus Christ profess to be human and the Son of God. This truth garnered fire in their ears and evil fervor to stir many hearts. Wicked men do not ever take kindly to hearing this explosive truth in ancient times or today.
Imagine this scene playing out before your eyes as wicked men sought for Jesus Christ’s arrest and conviction. They battered and bruised His body. They placed a crown of thorns on His head and stripped Jesus Christ of His clothes, placing a purple robe upon Him. Purple has always been a color used to highlight royalty, authority, and kingship. Putting this royal robe on His tattered body was an attempt to mock Him concerning His verbal claim of being the Son of God. His proclamation of royalty was earnest and sincere, but spiritually caustic for those who did not believe.
Yes, these people did not know who Jesus Christ is or what they were doing in placing Jesus Christ upon the cross. However, God used them to bring about His will despite their propensity for evil and hatred towards Him.
Jesus Christ’s eternal royal position is not in man’s power to give away or to attempt to render powerless. This wicked crowd desired to bring Jesus Christ to their dark and evil level, rather than to allow Him to raise them by meeting with Him, made spiritually tall, and to be positionally holy. Man cannot ever rise to reach God by human power; it takes the fuel of faith placed in God along with the presence of the supernatural power of God at work in a softened heart. A person rests in the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ on Calvary, moving every regenerated man from resting in self to relying on God.
The toxic spiritual and political atmosphere in the time surrounding Calvary could not thwart the will and way of God. He uses any spiritual disposition of any man, woman, child, crowd, or church to usher in His perfect will just as God used the hearts of this crowd, and Judas, the Roman governing officials, wavering Pilate, and the Kangaroo Court s of the Sanhedrin to serve His divine purposes for bringing the shed blood sacrificial death of Jesus Christ a permanent covering for the sin debt of humanity.
Yes, God paved an eternal highway to eternity right through the disobedience of many with His Only Son’s sacrifice, once for all. Yes, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice hinged upon His devotion and willing obedience to His Father, God. The Servant Jesus Christ willingly shed His precious blood upon the tree at Calvary fulfilling to the will of His Father and providing an eternal victory for all who placed faith in His finished spiritual work of Calvary.
The gathered crowd with evil lurking in their hearts was loud and unanimous in calling for the release of a criminal named Barabbas and for the crucifixion of an innocent man and God, who was Jesus Christ. The truth of the matter did not dampen their call for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Yes, Jesus Christ was both in the flesh and at the same time, the Spirit, God, just as He stated.
Though this crowd did press for the physical death of this man, who was equal with God, they could not change or diminish His eternal nature present nor the will of God.
In closing, think about the many judicial practices, laws, and foundations of governing which come from solid roots established in God’s Word. Even though the natural man does not want to hear that Jesus Is God, or allow God’s Ten Commandments to hang in a courtroom, yet many laws on the books and expressed in the Constitution of our land stem from God and are permanently rooted His revealed truths presented in ancient biblical times and relevant today.
Perhaps even the release of a criminal by the political practice of presidential pardoning is derived from the weight of these ancient biblical times.
Yes, it is true, crowds still raise their voices today in protest of many things, with many holding on to closely held personal opinions. Yes, some organized demonstrations can become quite disorderly and include criminal acts or terror-related crimes.
Yes, politics can still often be dirty and one-sided, just as in ancient times.
The time of Jesus’s earthly ministry, and in the time of the rise of the Babylonian empire are two prominent eras of History that come quickly to my mind as examples of the perilousness of politics when leaders and common were swayed in an ungodly direction by opinions and selfish desires at work in humanity.
The Babylonians conquered and held many captives, including Daniel and his young friends, who, when told they could not pray, was determined to serve God even if it went against the authority and decree of the king.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ faced the heat of political persecution but determined to be obedient by fulfilling the will of God, without hesitation, question, or expressing personal defense of himself as is expressed concerning the future in many places, including (Isaiah 53:7). Yes, Jesus Christ faced grave abuse and cruelty and was hung on the cross like a thief, even though He was innocent, just as prophesied in God’s Word.
God takes divine care of every willing and obedient servant who faces persecution or even the potential of death in serving Him. Ultimately, the demonstrations, the opinion of the crowd, the Roman soldiers, and the governing officials, did not bring death ending the physical life of Jesus Christ, for He could have summoned legions of angels to save His life if He desired. However, Jesus Christ chose to give his life to purchase the sin debt of all humanity. His death provides every person an opportunity to possess eternal life.
The short verse says it all:
John 15:13 (KJB) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The opinion of humanity is eternally weak and worthless when pitted against the timeless truths and supernatural power, unconditional love, and endless mercy of God. Often, the natural man is found to be overbearing, demanding, loud, and garish seeking to push and manipulate others into getting his way rather than submitting to God’s way. Yes, a spiritually wayward person can get his way for a time but is ultimately likely heading down a wide pathway to face death and an eternal hell.
God’s will and way are always spiritually prominent in the lives of every genuine child of God and always brought to pass.
God’s own spiritual family rises above getting involved in dirty politics or in adopting wayward opinions of humanity. The regenerate man agrees with God, has God’s power and protection, and produces abundant spiritual fruit.
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