Jesus came to reveal truth: The truth about God, about us, and about getting us together with Him. We celebrate The Advent, His Coming, today.
4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
5 remove wicked officials [and their arguments] from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.
Satan’s best tactic is deception through persuasion. He takes the truth and twists it into what it is not–but it sounds good! Look at what he did to Eve:
4 “You will not certainly die,” [the lie] the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” What Satan said was true; the part he left out was that Eve was not ready for such knowledge, nor did she have God’s blessing to partake. Her act of rebellion was the first sin and was based upon Satan’s deception through persuasion.
What you have seen with your eyes 8 do not bring[a] hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
We must use the Word of God to fact-check every argument. We must pray about every concept to see if the Spirit confirms it as truth. Just because someone is an expert in his field or has a good argument doesn’t mean that he is not deceived by Satan and espousing his lies. We must keep the Word of God central in our sights.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
We are messengers of the Truth. God has committed the TRUE message of salvation to us to share:
19b He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Today, Satan uses an argument that undercuts the whole Bible, especially the need for salvation. It’s called EVOLUTION. We can preach Jesus and His love all we want and Satan doesn’t care. Why? Because he has convinced the world that the Bible is not based on fact and is therefore untrustworthy. It’s just a bunch of stories. Does the Spirit still call people to believe by giving them faith? Yes!!! At the same time, we have the responsibility to reveal truth. The best place to start is with the lies of the enemy.
Robin showed me something that she learned this morning: While reading the Christmas story this morning, she read where Jesus was presented at the temple (Luke 2:22-38). Simeon the priest said about Jesus, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35. She looked up the word “thoughts” in her Lexicon and found this:
Thoughts-dialogismos: uncovered; back-and-forth dialogue reasoning that is self-based and therefore confused; persuading others to stay in confusion with them.
Jesus came to reveal the truth against the lies of Satan and the religious order of the day. For a good example, read Matthew 23:11-36 where Jesus lowers the boom on the religious leaders.
She kept reading:
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Jesus had already begun to question the religious order of the day. He would begin His formal ministry when He was 30, but I wonder if He went to the temple every year after that first one. It WAS the custom for every adult male to go to Jerusalem for the Festival of Passover (v. 41) and Jesus was now considered an adult (derived from v. 42). All that to say that Jesus’ heart was to reveal truth; ours should be, too.
Abba, thank You for opening my eyes to Your truth and my mind to all kinds of new things concerning Your Word and our world. May I prepare for the time when You call on me to present truth: To put forth the Light of Your Word against the darkness of the enemy. The agents of darkness will try to ridicule me, shout me down, make ME the problem, and even try to silence me, but I have this promise: “Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never conquer it.” John 1:5 May I be a faithful ambassador for You, O Lord. Thank You for coming and revealing truth to us, to me. Happy Birthday, Jesus. Amen.