Friday, February 22, 2013
Revelation 12:10 – “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”
Accusations abound don’t they. Turn on the news, pick up a newspaper, check the internet, someone is always accusing someone else of something. Some of these accusations have merit, some don’t. In just the past week or so, we have read about Oscar Pistorius who is accused of killing his girlfriend, Drew Peterson was not only accused of killing his third wife, he was sentenced to 38 years for it. A man in our area was arrested and accused of driving drunk for the fourth time. Rush Limbaugh accuses our country of going down the tubes. Accusations are everywhere. Not even the sporting world is immune, for just a few weeks ago, 2 legendary wide receivers accused their coach of deliberately losing the Super Bowl 20 years ago. Accusations abound.
And for some reason we are fascinated by them. We watch, we listen, we read and we shake our head. We hear the accusations and we wonder how could anyone do that. How could they throw a Super Bowl, how could they kill someone they supposedly love, how could they allow our country to go down the tubes, how could they drive while intoxicated again. How dare they, we say and so we are proud of ourselves that we haven’t committed the same “mistakes”.
We watch and we smile and we are glad that we are not guilty. But we are aren’t we? We may not be guilty of the aforementioned sins or “mistakes”, but we are guilty. For “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned. We are all guilty, and because of the one the Bible calls “the accuser of the brethren”, accusations abound. In fact we are told that he accuses us day and night before God. In other words the devil loves to accuse us. He loves to point out our sins and our problems. He loves to accuse and show our mistakes. That is depressing isn’t it? It is depressing because we know that we are guilty and it is painful to be accused over and over and over again.
In the face of those accusations however flies the good news of the Gospel. Like an explosion it demolishes the accusations with the triumphant word, “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” We are guilty, but the price has been paid and now we are justified. It is just as if we had never sinned. We are free and free with no condemnation.
Still the accusations come don’t they? Even though we are forgiven, even though “our sins are washed away” as the hymn says, the accuser still likes to accuse us. And if we listen we end up getting depressed don’t we? We end up thinking thoughts like, “how could God ever love me? Or what if I lose my salvation? Or why do I keep making that mistake? Or …….” and we sink into despair.
It doesn’t have to be that way however, we don’t need to listen to the accusations. Instead we listen to the Gospel, we listen to Romans 8 that triumphantly proclaims, “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As some theologians of old put it, “we need to preach the Gospel to ourselves continually.” If we are believers we know that we cannot be condemned. Accused? Yes. Condemned? No way. The blood of Jesus has taken care of that. We are forgiven, free, justified, reconciled to God.
One day the blood of Jesus will also take care of the accusations. There is coming a day when Jesus returns, the Lamb of God who shed His blood to take away our sins, but also the roaring Lion who was victorious at the cross and who now returns in victory. When that day comes the accuser will be removed, he will be thrown down. He will be silenced forever. The accusations will end, and we will fall at the feet of Jesus worshipping Him for His deliverance, for His forgiveness, for His not condemning us, and for Him silencing the accuser. I long for that day, how about you?