“Who are you,” they asked in a less than gracious tone.
Jesus had been in the temple area since early morning teaching a large gathering of people who had come to hear His words.
A group of religious leaders brought an adulterous woman into the middle of the crowd, right before him and said, “The Law of Moses says stone her.
What do you say?”
They were not seeking council but an opportunity to impugn His character and His teaching.
Jesus turned the tables on his accusers. “You, who are without sin, cast the first stone.”
Indignant and offended by His tone, convicted in their own heart, the men who had brought the woman slithered away one by one.
The woman remained before Him; no doubt humiliated, maybe very angry at the men and at the crowd around her.
Jesus looked at her with eyes of love, mercy and grace. “Where are those who accuse you? Is someone condemning you,” Jesus asked? “No one,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” He answered, “Go and sin no more.”
Jesus continued teaching the crowd that had been with Him all morning.
Among them were some Pharisees who had watched this whole seen with great interest. They began to question the Lord. “Where is your father? Who are you?”
Ah, there you have the great question that Lucifer has used for millennia to gain an entrance and establish a foothold in a person’s life.
He used that strategy on Jesus when was in the wilderness forty days fasting and praying.
The Lord was preparing Himself spiritually for the next three years of public ministry.
Satan came on the last day seeking opportunity to stop the advance of God’s Kingdom. “If you are the Son of God,” he challenged the one born in Bethlehem’s stable.
When Jesus parried His attacker with “It is written…”
The Devil resumed the offense with, “If you are the Son of God…”
Jesus again parried His attacker with, “It is also written…”
Satan made a counter move with a more subtle attack on Jesus true identity, “All these things I will give You if You fall down and worship me.”
The Son of Man knew His true identity.
He not only parried the assailants move, He defeated him. “Away with you Satan, for it is written…”
This Luciferian strategy was the challenge throughout His years of ministry.
It was the very point that sent Him to the cross of Calvary. The night Jesus was arrested a brought before the High Priest many accusations were thrown against Him.
None of them stuck.
In frustration and anger the High Priest declared, “I put you under oath by the living God. Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God” (Matt. 26:63)! That is the stumbling block of all ages.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “He will be as a sanctuary. But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem” (8:14).
The Apostle Paul quoted that passage from Isaiah when he wrote to the Church in Rome, “…For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and a rock of offense and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” (9:32-33).
The Apostle Peter also quoted two passages from Isaiah clearly connecting the dots. “Therefore, it is also contained in the Scripture, ’Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’ Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious: But to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense’” (1 Peter 2:6-8).
What is it that makes Jesus Christ such a lightning rod?
It is not that He is a founder of a religion. Thousands down through the centuries have found new religious groups without such level animosity.
It is not that He was a prophet. Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Baba Vanga, and Jeane Dixon are a few the world has acknowledge and continue to publish their words.
The Christian church has recognized men and women that have been anointed by the Holy Spirit to speak prophetically, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Smith Wigglesworth, David Wilkerson, just to name a few.
It is profoundly interesting to observe in the public arena that you can speak about Muhammad, Buddha; display the Hindu goddess on the Empire State Building (August 2015); build a statue of Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and learning, on Embassy Row, Massachusetts Ave., Washington DC to bless our Nation’s Capital; Imam’s can pray in the name of Allah.
It is not permitted to wear images or symbols of Jesus Christ on clothing at public schools.
Teachers are not permitted to share the teachings of Jesus Christ, although it is common for them to share teachings of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Why is Jesus Christ singled out as not acceptable?
There is one reason.
Jesus Christ declared Himself to be the Son of God! “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation… He is before all things and in Him all things consist… For it pleased the Father than in Him all the fullness should dwell” (Colossians 1:15-19).
Jesus Christ is not the reasonable fact simile of Almighty God.
He is Almighty God, “for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and we are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:9-10).
He is called The Word of God.
He is pre-existed His virgin birth.
Indeed, He pre-existed all of creation.
He existed before all things and by Him all things are held together.
All of creation came into being by His mighty hand and the word of His power. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.”
He makes it very clear, the redemption of mankind; the forgiveness of sin; and eternal life; is possible only through Him.
That exclusivity drives sinful human heart crazy.
Mankind desperately wants to believe he can save himself, that he is basically good and has the capability of making himself good.
Polytheism and political correctness demands there be many roads to God and tolerance makes no room for an exclusive Savior.
None of that changes the truth of the Holy Scripture and the true identity of Jesus Christ.
He alone is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the word” (John 1:29).
There is no other sacrifice for the sins of mankind that can transform the human heart and deliver a person from the powers of darkness and transfer them into the Kingdom of God.
There is no other human being that took upon Himself the sins and the guilt of the human race and was crucified, buried in a grave, and raised from the dead the third day.
There is no other man that ascended back to Heaven, sat down at the right hand of God and ever lives to make intercession for the human race.
Jesus Christ alone carries that identity.
There is no other mediator between God and man.
There is no other avenue to God because no one can come to the Father except by Jesus Christ.
There is no other name given to mankind through which one can be saved.
He is exclusively the Savior.
He is exclusively the Promised One, the Alpha and the Omega.
He is exclusively the Son of God.