The Twist On A Twisted Plot
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” — John 7:19
I wish we had a recording of this message. What Jesus says in these three sentences is theologically and oratorically incredible. Keep in mind he knows precisely what they are thinking and what they have been planning.
Here's what Jesus does.
He cites Moses and the Law given by God. A law they knew well. He then points out that they are unable to keep the Law. Which is also something they knew well, given their sacrificial system. He then exposes that they are conceiving a plot to kill him, which they will deny in the coming verse.
But here is the twist in this moment. By conceiving a plot to kill him, they use the law to their advantage. They're plotting to kill Jesus by using the law to condemn him and thus justify themselves as righteous men plotting a righteous murder. And what is so ironic about this is that the Just Judge is standing before them. Jesus is the only one capable of keeping the Law of Moses. He is the only one righteous standing on the Temple grounds. He is the only sinless man who does not need to bring a sacrifice to the Temple. And these men are plotting to kill the only one with the right to kill them.
Now imagine if you were John at this moment. The author who is writing and reflecting on this particular moment with Jesus. Don't you think that in light of what he had seen, he looked back at this moment with great wonder? Jesus, the Just Judge with the absolute power and right to stop these men dead in their tracks, chooses not to because he has a better plot. A plot that would out plan all their twisted plans. And instead of annihilating these men, he's going to twist their twisted plot to give them an opportunity to know how much he loves them.
Fellas, you are not going to out-plot Jesus, but you can become part of his plot by confessing your sin and receiving his love.
ASK THIS: Are you ready to join Jesus's plan?
DO THIS: Confess your sinful plans and receive his love.
PRAY THIS: God, I love your plan. It's way better than mine.
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