Who Can Be Trusted


    “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.  Which of you convicts me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?” (John 8: 46-46.)


    No human being can live a completely sinless life.  Jesus however, being the Son of God, never once indulged in iniquity.  He was so confident of His own moral perfection, that He publicly challenged any willing soul to accuse Him of sin.  In turn, His enemies watched and waited; hoping He would make some grave error.  Despite their critical observations and endless scrutiny, He spoke plainly and publicly.  And yet no one could find Him guilty of any sin.  In fact, during His trial, Pontius Pilate said of Jesus, “I find no fault in this man.”  Still He was crucified. Those who are truly wise understand that trusting an individual who is sinless, is far better than trusting one who is not.

    Throughout history there have been many self-proclaimed prophets; men asking others to trust them, who were themselves, untrustworthy. Unlike Jesus, none of these deceptive individuals ever dared place their own personal lives under public scrutiny.  For example, Joseph Smith (false prophet and founder of the Mormon faith) claimed to be God’s chosen messenger.  However, he lived a life of deviant debauchery; deceptively marrying other women before telling his first wife Emma.  He also engaged in wife swapping; secretly marrying other men’s wives. He even went so far as to marry both a mother and her daughter (an offense deserving of the death penalty, according to God’s law.)  Unlike Jesus who invited others to scrutinize His life, Joseph Smith fought to keep his hidden sins from being revealed.  After being kicked out Missouri, he and his followers migrated to the town of Nauvoo Illinois. The local newspaper began printing articles about his many wives and inappropriate indiscretions. In June of 1844, fearing he would be exposed, Joseph ordered his followers to destroy the town’s printing press. After breaking into the newspaper office, they dragged the machine into the street; smashing it with sludge hammers.  Smith was then arrested for this crime and later died in jail. 

    Unlike Joseph Smith, or any of the other false prophets, Jesus Christ had nothing to hide. His life was without sin. He never once lied, exploited anyone, or abused His position of authority to indulge in selfish pleasures.  Instead He served others, loved others, and delivered the word of God to all those who were willing to listen.  Only Jesus Christ can be trusted; only our Messiah is worthy of praise and honor.  Won’t you put your faith and trust in Him today?  If you obey Him and follow Him, He will lead you into eternal life. In Him you will know true freedom, and you will experience a ‘peace that surpasses all understanding.’

   “Lord Heavenly Father, we praise You and we thank You for Your Son. We recognize that He is eternally sinless and completely trustworthy.  Help us to submit to His leadership; that He might be at the center of our lives.  May we become more like Him every day, and may we place all of our trust in Him.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!

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