Christ’s Truth and Human Guile – Luke 20:19-40 – 23rd March 2014
Without question, Jesus Christ is Lord. This is a problem for someone who tries to make their own truth in the world. It has been suggested that an average Australian’s chief occupation (or idolatry) is ‘a general sense of well being in the everyday world’. This is the form that opposition to Jesus takes. If Jesus doesn’t produce what I want, he has to be reduced, ridiculed, and if he persists, removed.
Israel’s leaders realised the threat Jesus was and sought to bring him down. Jesus did not defend himself but brought to light what was true. He shows that if we give ourselves to God, no harm will come to our everyday world. In fact, it is what the world needs. Jesus also shows that God is God of the living, not the dead. There has always been the prospect of the new age, and especially now that Jesus has brought life and immortality to light through his gospel. He defeated sin and death on his cross to qualify a people who expect to live forever. This, also, is what we need for true living now.