The Gospel According To Jesus’ Enemies
As you may tell a lot about a person by the sort of friends they have, you may also tell a lot about them by the sort of enemies they make. Our Lord faced several charges offered up by His enemies. But the greatness of His character is seen again in how those very indictments against Him provide a wonderful tribute to Who He was and what He was doing.
“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” they asked. And in so asking, they were really saying that He couldn’t be someone special…not a scribe or rabbi…and, of course, certainly not the Son of God. He’s just one of the boys…one of us…and ordinary man. Yet today, our tone is completely different when we refer to Him as the son of the carpenter. We are comforted to know that He understands what it’s like to work long, toiling hours at difficult labor. He experienced weariness, frustration, the difficulties of trying to satisfy a customer’s whims. Yes, He was the carpenter’s Son. We don’t despise Him for it. We thank God for it.
On another occasion they said, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And with this objection they summarily eliminated Jesus from contention. Their logic was right on! Only God can effectively deal with sin. But their hearts were dead wrong. Our Lord went on to prove His ability to forgive sin by the works He performed. And, again, we thank and praise Father God for Christ’s power over all sin.
In that dark hour of His supreme agony, when He suffered in shame alone on the Tree, the enemies flung another poison-tipped dart at Him…”He saved others; Himself He could not save.” They took that to mean that He was not the Savior after all. But we speak this same truth reverently. For it was precisely because He was the Savior of the world that He refused to save Himself. He could not do both. And we love Him for showing us the full extent of His love for us.
So the complaints and objections of Jesus’ opponents provide us with reasons to hope and to sing and to serve Him joyfully all the days of our lives.
Maybe you are thinking of other statements/criticims made by our Lord’s detractors which He turned upon them in order to reveal glorious truths that bless all who have a heart for such things. May the wisdom, the power and the glory of our Lord keep your heart until He comes.