He is betrayed by one of his own and taken into custody. As morning breaks, he was presented to the religious council by the elders, chief priests and scribes.
“Are you the Christ?” “Are you the Son of God?” They wanted to know.
His reply, “You say these things.” It was enough for them.
Since his appearing and initial declaration, they sought for something with which they could accuse him. Keep in mind, he was Truth! Yet, they sought for something…….anything….they could take, twist and use to fabricate a false charge to use against him.
Here are just a few examples of their attempts:
…wanted to see if he would heal on the sabbath that they might accuse him. (Matthew 12:10)
…. laying in wait for him and seeking to catch something out of his mouth that they may accuse him. (Luke 11:54)
….tempted him with the woman taken in adultery that they might accuse him. (John 8:6)
Now, they finally had him. The One who had caused such a disruption to their way of doing things was finally in their control. Make no mistake, control is what all of this was about. They had to protect and keep their precious way of doing things. They had to preserve their positions of dominance and prestige.
In the previous post, Submission, Jesus told the religious leaders that he knew they would kill him because, “I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side, and your actions also reflect what you have heard and learned from your father.”
Jesus was accustomed to Satan as an accuser. He overcame the Tempter in the wilderness as the installation of the Sonship Platform began. Satan left Jesus for a season but, through the religious order, Satan persisted in his slanderous cause throughout Jesus’ ministry. Satan is identified as the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12) and had been active in this occupation since uttering the words to Adam and Eve in Eden, “Hath God said?” Now, true to Jesus’ words, the actions of the religious leaders is simply reflecting what they had heard and learned from their father.
His own people, the ones he came to save, rejected him and took Jesus to Pilate and Herod. They subjected him to the authority of the worldly system. Their accusations were trumped up charges. They presented him to the worldly authorities as one who refused to pay taxes and turned the people away from respecting Rome’s rule. They portrayed him as one who thought himself to be King of the Jews and sought to establish an earthly kingdom opposing Rome’s dominion.
Though Pilate and Herod found no fault in him or that Jesus had done anything worthy of death, the chief priests and scribes vehemently accused him! Not only did they ferociously accuse him, they incited the people when Pilate wanted to release him. As you know, in the end, they received a murderer rather than receive Jesus.
The following statements may appear to be harsh but understanding them is critical to receiving and functioning according to the Spirit of Sonship. A religious spirit always carries with it a spirit of accusation and, ultimately, murder. Religion, by its very nature, is driven by the fleshly nature of man attempting to “get to God”. Regardless of the religious system orchestrated by man and the deity pursued, blame and responsibility of guilt must always be ascribed to some entity and sacrifice of some sort is always required to appease deity.
Sonship originates with the new birth “out of God” based upon One’s sacrifice once and for all. It is finished. Complete. Fulfilled.
Jesus told the religious order of his day,
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that I am He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me.”
And, he also added, “And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s offspring (descendants) and have never been in bondage to anybody. What do You mean by saying, You will be set free?”
Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, “Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin.”
“Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever.”
“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” (John 8)
As long as well meaning, immature believers continue to function “religiously”(trying to get to God) rather than “relationally” in Sonship, (originating out of God) , they will continually need to keep Jesus on the cross and crucify him afresh. This is not the Gospel.
This is the Gospel:
Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].
We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.
For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him.
For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].
Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6)
So, how do you CONSIDER yourself? Dead to sin and alive to God? My hunch is that, more than likely, you deal with constant accusations from the adversary regarding your standing. I would imagine that you are still striving to “get to” a position in God rather than resting in the truth that you have “originated out of” Him and being empowered by His Spirit to do those things that please Him.
Jesus was openly designated the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1) Paul again stated, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is mere delusion [futile, fruitless], and you are still in your sins [under the control and penalty of sin];” (I Corinthians 15)
Let me give you one more. (I sort of think having a biblical foundation for things is important!)
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life. (Romans 5)
Jesus is no longer on the cross. So, don’t keep him there. After he said, “It is finished!”, they took him down from the cross and put him in a tomb. He was resurrected. He is no longer in the tomb! He is sitting in a position of authority……….as Son!
His resurrection life is the life that is given to you at the point of your regeneration or being born again. It is the Life in which you originate. The outworking of that Life in you and through you (spirit, soul and body) is the key to proper living.
The life Jesus lived qualified him for the death that he died. The death he died qualifies us to live the life he now lives!
“But [that appointed time came] when Christ (the Messiah) appeared as a High Priest of the better things that have come and are to come. He went once for all into the [Holy of] Holies [of heaven], not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves [by which to make reconciliation between God and man], but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us).
For if [the mere] sprinkling of unholy and defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body, How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who [by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own pre-existent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?” (Hebrews 9)
The New Covenant that God established with the shedding of Christ’s blood is in effect! God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and it totally appeased Him! He is the God of those who accept that sacrifice and He remembers their sins NO MORE! And, what is more, He confers the Spirit of Sonship upon those who receive Christ’s work as complete. “…for as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God.” (John 1:12)
Identifying ourselves dead in Christ clears the accusations of the adversary. Now, alive to God, operating according to the Spirit of Sonship permits us the authority to move beyond the accusations of the adversary that would attempt to tie us down to the old operating platform. You know the Son. And the Son has set you free!! You are a joint-heir with him!!
Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],
So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit] (Romans 8)