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THE PLOT AGAINST HIM
The bible says;
*"Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him".* Mark 14:1
It is Easter week: *the most remarkable season in the affairs of mankind in my opinion.*
Easter season is the reason behind the *Hope* we profess as Christians and the unwavering *Faith* that we have in our Lord *Jesus Christ.*
In order for me to experience the impact and the significance of this season, I decided to have an in-depth study of the events that preceded the arrest and the crucifixion of my Lord Jesus Christ.
*Brethren, because they plotted against Jesus; you can be sure they will plot against you and I since we are different from them, but they will fail in Jesus name*.
I don't understand how people feel good within themselves, when they know they do not have any legal ground to accuse someone of any wrong doing; yet they form alliances for plotting and scheming against an innocent child of God.
When Jesus came to the world; He said;
*“I am the Light of the world".*
Obviously, light and darkness are two extremes, *they cannot be friends for the obvious reasons.* Envy and hatred later set in for the Scribes and the Pharisees.
*It is not surprising even these days to see 'worldly Christians' who are more worried about those exposing evil than the evil being exposed.*
The religious leaders in those years enjoyed a highly privileged status, just as we have now. Hence they were rattled when they saw the simple but effective ministry of Jesus which came free of unnecessary protocol.
Consequently, they said; *"If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him"*
They devised a *plot* to quietly arrest and kill the *King of Glory.*
I pray for you and for myself; *anyone or group of people who had formed an alliance(s) in order to stop or terminate the good works God is using us to do will experience the wrath of God in the name of Jesus* .
Prior to the arrest of Jesus Christ, he had instructed the disciples to buy swords;
*"..he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.*
Unknown to the disciples,(Peter) the swords were not to be used as a weapon of war, rather Jesus only told them to buy swords in order to fulfil a long standing prophecy of Prophet Isaiah concerning the arrest of Jesus.
This is evidently highlighted in *Luke 22:37.*
Eventually, they arrested Jesus and He yielded to them without hindrance in order to fulfil His own prophecy;
*"For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a random for many".*
*They found no fault in Him to justify a death sentence, yet Pontius Pilate was coerced, hence he ordered the killing of Jesus and his soldiers mocked Jesus. They flogged Him and made Him to carry the Cross in agony; nailing Him to the Cross at Calvary.*
Jesus endured the pain and He despised the accompanying shame because of the Glory that was waiting for Him at the end.
Jesus being God and part of the *Trinity( God The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit)* did not make Himself equal with God, but He lowered Himself to be an ordinary man on earth. *Phil 2:6.*
He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world, that we might be free. He became poor for us to be rich.
*2 Cor 8:9*
I don't know what you are going through now, but the *Power* that raised Jesus up after crucifixion will quicken your mortal bodies in the name of Jesus.
Brethren, it is in times of trials and persecution that you will start noticing those people who have hated you for a long time. *They will manifest their true colours* in the process.
Some of your "trusted friends" will deny you just like Peter denied Jesus.
Don't be surprised when it happens. They are
*Hypocrites!* as alluded to by our Lord Jesus.
In conclusion, the bible says;
*"None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory".*
1 Cor 2:8
*Similarly, in this era; a good knowledge of the Word of God with perhaps the benefit of hindsight; should have cautioned anyone not to conspire with others or attack you and I for doing the work of God.*
Yet; they got carried away with the cliche of their titles and position!
I beseech you all not to allow yourselves to be distracted by their *plot and attack*. Focus mainly on the task and assignment God handed over to you.
Remember, you only fear the God that sent you and not those you are sent to!;
*“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell".*
More importantly, *strive* that you maximize the opportunity and the *Grace of God* available to us by reason of this *Easter* season through our Lord Jesus Christ.
His arrest, trials, agony, death and resurrection will not be in vain over our lives in Jesus name.
INVEST IN HEAVEN!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also"
Having lived in foreign countries for some years; I can say authoritatively that the motive of most Africans living abroad is about working hard; making money, sending money and possesions back home in preparation of a return home at some stage, to rest and enjoy what they have gathered together over the years.
The popular Yoruba saying is; "Ile Labo Sinmi Oko". Meaning, home is the resting place after one has work hard on the farm.
In a similar way, the bible refers to believers as;
"Citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives"
In otherwords, our sojourn on earth is similar to that of a person in a foreign land or on pilgrimage; in which the fellow will at some point return home.
In view of the above scriptures believers are instructed to set our affections on things above and not on things on the earth. Col 3:2.
Our life on the planet earth is temporal!
That's why Apostle Paul wrote;
"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."
1 Tim 6.17-19.
Jesus shared a parable about a man that had so much that he began to improvise on how to store up his increasing possessions.
Then he concluded that he will build a bigger barns to keep and enjoy his possessions latter in life.
He said to his own soul; you have plenty of grain laid up for many years take life easy eat, drink and be merry, but God said to him: You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’
With utmost Respect, Regard, Honour, Glory and Adoration to our Lord Jesus Christ, storing up treasures in heaven does not literally seem realistic. The bible talks about heaven's street with best type of Gold, jasper and jewels.
The question then is; how does one invest in heaven or what treasure can one store there, which is better than those that are available there?
Obviously, investing in heaven is not about buying Real Estate the way we do in the planet earth.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you".
Many of our Politicians and leaders have stolen our common wealth and invested so much in the Real Estate Sectors in Dubai, Europe and America; with the intention they will have recourse to those funds after they might have left power.
Foolish people indeed,as Jesus said! Many of them are being ridiculed today because of their selfish and foolish deeds. While some never lived to enjoy the proceeds of their stolen wealth.
Jesus said to a man; "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Essentially Jesus means we should;
INVEST IN SOULS!
Soul winning is one of the very few tasks on earth that has eternal value and consequences!
I think it is high time that Church Leaders all over the world shifted attention to how Souls are found, fed and prepared for the second coming of Jesus!
Telling people of the imminent coming of Jesus Christ must be complemented with investment in the general welfare of Souls.
What is the essence of having mega Churches with big structures but the people inside are not heavenly nurtured?
May our lives, time, energy and resources expended in God's work count at the end in Jesus name.
THE TRUTH WILL SOON EMERGE!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
"For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
When you reconcile the above statement of Jesus Christ with what the bible says in Proverb 6:16-19;
"There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: Arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, and hands shedding innocent blood;A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who speaks lies and deception among brothers";
Then, one will easily conclude that the world we live in today is full of deceit, lies, concealment and hypocrisy.
The reality of the deceitful world we live in was well captured in the story of Joseph. Gen chapter 37, 39- 50.
One aspect of the story of Joseph that is not commonly preached is the deceit, lies and cover up that Joseph's brothers engaged in after they sold him.
The bible says
Joseph's ten brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver.
Then, they told their father a lie showing him the blood stained coat of many colours; that an evil beast had killed Joseph. They had killed a goat and stained the coat with its blood in order to deceive Jacob.
According to Winston Churchill, a former Prime Minister of Great Britain;
"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end there it is!".
In otherwords, lies and cover up may prevail for so many years, the truth will eventually be revealed one day and the whole world will know what have been covered up for years.
You can run with a lie but you cannot hide from the truth; it will catch up with you very soon!
So what is the truth?
Truth can be defined as that which is consistent with the plan, mind, will, character, glory, and being of God.
Truth is the actual state of things, without mincing words or living in denial of it.
Unfortunately, many people are under serious manipulations of their leaders, Pastors, employers who control them so much that they cannot have any opinion of their own apart from what they are being told.
That informs what triggered the words of Jesus in John 8:32;
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
After the brothers of Joseph told Jacob a lie (Gen 37:31-33), the bible says;
"Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days and all his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No," he said, "I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave." So his father wept for him".
Brethren, what a wicked world we live in! Can you imagine the brothers of Joseph mourning with Jacob; That shows the height or level people can go in order to cover up their evil deeds.
A smiley face does not imply a good heart while a dull face does not indicate a wicked soul.
That's why the bible says:
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
After more than thirteen years of deceits, cover up and hypocritical lifestyle of Joseph's brothers; they might have thought; "we got away with it!"
However, we serve a God who knows every detail of things we do in our closets.
Hear me; I don't know what the enemy thought they have done to you that can never be uncovered by anyone, the Word of God which is the revealing Truth will uncover it in Jesus name.
The bible says;
"The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart".
The ten sons of Jacob must have done a lot in order to suppress the truth concerning what they did to Joseph,but all to no avail.
Although, I want to believe they must have gone before God for forgiveness of their sins, yet they did not at any time open up to their father or anybody about the truth behind the story,
Just as Jesus taught us to do in Matthew 5: 23-24.
The Yoruba people will say;
Ase gbe kan o si ase pamo lo wa!
Meaning; there is nothing that can be done in secret without it being revealed. You can only hide it for sometime, the truth shall prevail over it at the end.
I don't know who this message is meant for. May be is for me ; If anyone has perpetuated any evil against you and I, thinking they have gotten away with it, their sins will soon find them out (Num 32:23)
and they will be disgraced openly in Jesus name.
Brethren, Hearsay is not truth! Irrespective of who said it to you. The bible says prove all things. 1 Thess 5:21.
I also say to you; it is foolishness for you to inherit the enemy of your friend or mentor out of loyalty. You may have inherited and will partake in the punishment meant for them when the time comes.
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth".
Romans 1 :18.
Eventually, the time came when the whole truth was revealed by divine providence, at that point; the truth could no longer be suppressed.
The brothers of Joseph had to yield to the original plan of God as they bowed down to Joseph in Egypt in fulfilment of his dreams.
I pray for you and myself; any act of the enemy tantamount to killing our dream or destiny will turn around to be what will lead us to the manifestation of our dreams and the fulfilment of our destiny in Jesus name.
Finally, the bible says; Joseph brothers sent a messenger to him to say;
"Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants."
Hear me, you and I will rule over our enemies in Jesus name.
Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) and He will emerge soon! Are you ready for Him?
JESUS IS LORD