Suspended. Put in timeout. What are we going to do with this trouble-maker? If we ignore him long enough, he will just fall through the cracks and we won’t have to think about him anymore. We could, however, consider his side of the story. Is he telling the truth? “Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’ Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’”(John 18:37b-38a)
The world is playing as God against Jesus. If you pray in Jesus’ name in public, the world will speak up and tell you that Jesus has been suspended. He has been put in timeout. All this rascal does is divide. The commission is to ignore Him in public prayers. You can say, “in your name,” or just “amen.” If you say, “in Jesus’ name,” you invoke all of the baggage that Jesus says about Himself. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.”(John 14:6)
Those words are intolerant. That’s tantamount to hate language. Unless they’re true. If they are true, He was dying to tell them to us, which is the ultimate expression of love. There are certain people with whom you cannot associate or you, too, will be suspended, put in timeout, or just banished. Jesus Christ is the epitome of such people. Shall we observe a moment of silence?
“Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”(Revelation 19:10b) The world as we know it will end. Like it or not, there is going to be a theocracy. No one will be able to say that Jesus has been suspended. He will not be impressed with any special interest group’s collar of “timeout.”
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God. (see John 1:1 and 14) And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”(Rev. 19:11-16)
Two thugs were on crosses while Jesus was suspended between them. One died mocking. The other will be riding a white horse. What say you?
Written by Keith Hood. Keith operates Cross Cultural Musique in Leesburg with his wife, Janice. He has a blog at http://soulfoodfromthehood.spaces.live.com.