Falsely Accused

The blood stained stones of the judgment hall in Jerusalem are a solemn reminder of the price Christ paid for our sins. The innocent Lamb of God was slain for the sins of the world and we have received the blessing of forgiveness, adoption, sonship & eternal salvation.

I'm specifically reminded of what Christ had to endure before He was fastened to the cross. I'm reminded of the trials before Herod, Pilate & the Sanhedrin. (Mark 14:55-59) tells us 'the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree.' Eventually they would put Christ to death on His own claim that He is the Christ, the Son of God.

Our innocent Savior was falsely accused & mistreated, yet we are the recipients of the blessing that was secured by our Savior's suffering. A death that was prophesied before the foundation of the world. (Acts 2:23; 1Pet.1:20; Ps.22:15-18; Rev.13:8)

Jesus encourages believers who have to endure false accusations in (Matt.5:11-12), 'Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'

The story of Joseph also comes to mind how he was sold into Egypt by his jealous brothers, falsely accused by Potiphar's wife & unjustly jailed. But we know that God's fingerprints were all over the process to bring about the salvation of all of Israel (Gen.39-48).

In the end, Joseph had the right attitude towards those who meant him harm, he saw God's hand in the matter & was able to tell his brothers (Gen.50:20) "...you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive."

God is able to make the difficult days, the trials we endure for our good & His glory (Rom.8:28).

What difficulty, false accusations, trial, hardship are you having to endure? Remember, James teaches us that the trying of our faith produces patience. Godly character is a great result of the pains we have to endure in this life, if we face them with the proper perspective & learn that God's hand is on the thermostat. Realize that God loves you and everything we go through on earth has to go through the 'Father Filter' first before it get's to us.

Nothing can touch us as God's children, except that which God would allow. He allows us to experience the fiery trial, that we might come forth as gold and become more Christlike in our character. That should be our goal! It's often our prayer! "Make me like You, Lord!" We often don't like the process, it can be painful, but the rewards are far greater! Count it all joy!

(1Peter 2:21-23) 'For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously...'

For further reading consider: (1 Pet.3-4; Prov.6:16-19; Eph.4:29-32; Eph.6:10-13; 2 Cor.10:3-5; 1Cor.13:4-8; Gal.5:16-26; Gal.6:7-10)