Who Knows The Truth About Jesus?
The security guards in the temple had been ordered to arrest Jesus (John 7:32), but they refused. They had no appetite for starting a riot in the temple because the people were starting to trust what Jesus said, and would have supported Him. But, also, the guards were listening to His teaching; they were so impressed with what He said that their consciences would not allow them to seize Him.
But the religious leaders, envious of the popular attention Jesus received, believed that the crowd were deluded, cursed by Satan and held in his evil grip. In fact, it was they who were being used as the devil's toys. One of the ruling council stood out from the rest, Nicodemus. He had personal experience of Jesus (John 3:1-15) and his conscience was also troubled by the warlike attitude of the other leaders. At least, he said, Jesus should have a proper fair trial. But they would not listen to Nicodemus either, accusing him of being ignorant of the Scriptures; no prophet ever came from Galilee, they said. But they ignored the fact that Jonah came from the same northern province.
People who fight against the truth will also hate those who want to know the truth. Those with seared consciences despise people who struggle to keep their conscience clear. It is particularly true when the 'truth' is all about Jesus. He told His disciples, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." (John 15:18-19). So, if you love Him, do not think that you are in the wrong when other people speak badly of Him or are hostile to you. Just rejoice that you know the truth about Jesus and are confident that He understands.
© Dr Paul Adams