As we optimistically wait for Easter Sunday, we find ourselves focusing on Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, as we should. Good Friday and Easter Sunday capture our hearts because the former is the day we died to sin with Christ and were resurrected with Him to a new life. Not many people think about the events that led up to Jesus’ death. Jesus was betrayed, arrested, put on trial, falsely accused and convicted, then sacrificed by His own people. I would say that very few of us can identify with anything Christ had to go through to fulfill our Father’s plan. I have never died to save anyone from their sins. I have never faced a trial, been convicted, or arrested. I’m sure we have all experienced betrayal at one time or another, and I am sure that everyone reading this post has experienced accusations, whether true or false. I know I have. Recently, I have experienced false accusations pertaining to who I am as a mother, Christian, business owner, friend, teacher, etc.
Have you experienced this? How do we respond when we are accused of something we aren’t or haven’t done?
In Mark 14:53-64 we read that Jesus was brought to the high priest’s home. The leading priests, elders, and the Sanhedrin were all gathered together trying to find something to charge Jesus with. We know Jesus had done nothing wrong to deserve His arrest. Those gathered at the high priest’s home falsely accused Him, and their stories didn’t add up.
Finally, some men stood up and gave this testimony.
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.’” But even they didn’t get their stories straight! (Mark 14:57-59 NLT)
When Jesus was asked for His response to the accusations, He didn’t reply at all. He knew whose battle this was. He knew that He was called to fulfill His Father’s purpose. His only response was truth.
That’s how we should fight false accusations. Sometimes we shouldn’t say anything at all, but recognize who justifies us. Acknowledge whom the battle belongs to. Then there are times when our reply should be in truth and love. When the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Messiah, the Blessed One,
Jesus said, “I am and you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds in heaven” (Mark 14:61-62).
How to Respond to False Accusations
1) Acknowledge God- Ask Him to show you how you should respond.
2) Revelation- Ask God to reveal if there is any truth in the accusation. Maintain a soft heart and teachable spirit.
3) Fight with the Word-Speak the truth of God’s word over your life and circumstances.
4) Respond- He may not tell you to do anything, but let Him heal you from what you’ve been accused of. Always respond in truth and love.
5) Pray- Pray for the one who accused you.
Keep in mind that responding like Jesus isn’t very popular. The people weren’t happy when He was silent and they weren’t happy when He spoke truth in love. In John 18, a guard asks Jesus if His reply to the high priest was the way He should have answered such a prestigious person. Jesus says,
“If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?” (John 18:23 NLT)
The way Jesus calls us to respond isn’t in a way that seeks revenge. He wants us to trust Him and His plan. It may be painful, but remember that God would never allow your pain to be fruitless. He can take the ugliest intent of man and use it for your good.
“What man intended for my evil God intends for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
Accusations will come, and they won’t always be true. Sometimes they may. That’s how the enemy would like to treat us. He is found in Scripture as the Accuser. He would like to take us before our High Priest and accuse us. His accusations were true before the cross. We had no hope. We were dead in our sin. We deserved to be convicted and put to death.
Instead, God was so merciful in sending Jesus that Christ took the death penalty as payment for the accusations we were guilty of.
There is nothing more beautiful than knowing that God loved us so much that He would silence the Accuser with the plan of forgiveness through the cross. I pray this week you meditate on how very similar Christ’s life, even to the point of death, is similar to yours.
How have you responded to accusations?
Have you trusted that all the accusations have been justified and forgiven on the cross?
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