Sunday Morning Podcast November 30, 2014. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 26:58-66
58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65 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.
66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
Publicly, here, they found Jesus allegedly guilty of blasphemy, ...without any evidence! It was a criminal trial to bind over the accused for “justice.” The penalty here, was death. Generally when there is not a sufficient amount of evidence, the accused is let go. Here, Jesus had been found preaching truth in the temple. The scribe’s had held an element of power in the temple. This is where Jesus walked in, and exhorted the people attending, …to beware of the scribes, (Mark 12:35-39). It was a “moment of truth.” It is those “truth telling moments” that pave the path in life, of necessary decision making.
All moments of truth come, because of the mercy of God. It presents a way to analyze “where we are at,” to then make a decision, wise or not. Telling of truth is not focused on convenience or alternatives. This is where Jesus, at the judgment hall, was found, in His moment of truth. While a moment of truth is not always life changing, it will demand of it, a “truth telling.” The moment of truth is something that strips away all fleshly wisdom, and opinions. Moments of truth will clarify. It will demonstrate whether or not we completely submit to God, so we can know exactly “where we stand” …before Him.
Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane was faced with ‘His” moment of truth. He could flee, fight, or sacrifice (surrender). It was the hour of His will being tested. It was an hour of temptation. He set the example for our moments of truth. His example had been to not only long suffer His sleeping disciples, but to also exhort them to “watch and pray.” An exhortation that will give us victory today also. When in the heat of the trial, it is that moment of truth, when we will choose to surrender to God’s will, or our own. To know victory, or defeat.
That moment of truth will tell where our “treasures” are stored. In heaven, or earthiness. Moments of truth demands “truth telling” …of what you value.