The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded. “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” (John 18:19–23, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The same line of questioning must be answered by each individual when they come face-to-face with the Gospel. “If I said something wrong,” Jesus [asks], “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why [do you not accept me]?” Many, like the religious leaders, will falsely accuse Jesus of not speaking the truth. Others will simply refuse to believe the truth, even if they cannot refute the truth. But some will recognize the truth and believe. To the [those] who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31–32, NIV).
My Advice – Which are you? Do you falsely accuse? Do you simply refuse? Does the truth induce? Which do you wish to be? Read my musings on “The Born Again Experience.” Then choose — accuse, refuse, induce.