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Jesus Did Not Come to Accuse

John 5:45-47
"But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" (NIV)

Jesus came into the world to be its Saviour, not its Accuser! As Jesus said in John 3:17: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The finger of blame pointing out sin was already in the writing of Moses. The Jews loved to be able to say that they knew God's Law, and those who were devout tried to keep it as well as they could, but nobody could keep it fully. If they could, then everybody could 'save themselves' from God's punishment by keeping the law, and there would be no need for Jesus.

Jesus did not need to accuse anybody of sin: their consciences accused them, and the Law accused. Jesus' work was to provide a way for accused people to be saved. But many did not think that they were in the wrong before God: they had a distorted view of God's Word and also of themselves. The teaching of Jesus was to correct that distortion, so that God's Word, the sinfulness of their own hearts and their need of a Saviour become personally obvious. As John 3:18 says, "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

Some people think that gospel preachers are judging people - that should not be the intention, because the gospel is the good news of how God's judgement was placed on Jesus. Sinners will be convicted of their sin by the Holy Spirit so that they will repent and be saved, and those who have been forgiven may be falsely accused by Satan; but those who have been saved are defended by Jesus from all accusation (1 John 2:2). On the Last Day, Jesus will review the evidence and judge fairly. All those who have accepted His death in place of their own punishment will be saved. It is a great message to share with friends and colleagues (see www.crosscheck.org.uk)!

Dear Lord God. Thank You for Your Word which clearly explains what is acceptable to You. I am sorry when I have distorted Your Word or minimised my accountability to You. Please help me to take Your Word seriously, to allow Your Holy Spirit to convict me of what is wrong in my life, and to repent because I know that the punishment Jesus took for me will discharge my debt and allow me to know Your forgiveness. And please help me to share this good news with those who live and work alongside me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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