If you have ever seen A Few Good Men, you will not forget the setting for the line: “You can’t handle the truth!” (If you have never seen it, here is a link.)
Colonel Jessup’s contention was that anyone who was not a front-line soldier could never understand what it takes to defend our freedom.
You can’t handle the truth!
That was the true of the Sanhedrin before whom Jesus stood (click here to read the setting). Jesus told them plainly that he is the Son of God. They couldn’t handle that truth. In a rage they convicted him of blasphemy, ridiculed him, and sent him off to the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate with the sentence of death.
You can’t handle the truth!
It isn’t just the Sanhedrin who struggles with the truth. So do we! We can’t handle the truth about the punishment that we deserve.
Have you ever heard someone complain that God would send people to hell for their sins?
- Do we really deserve to go to hell for a lie or two?
- Do we really deserve to go to hell when we are nice to people mostof the time?
When we think that eternal hell is too severe, what are we admitting?
I can’t handle the truth!
Only the front-line soldier can handle the truth!
There is only one front-line soldier in this battle for justice. That’s Jesus. He understood the consequences of our sin. Jesus was “handling the truth” in Gethsemane as he prayed, mixing his sweat with drops of blood. “Not my will, but yours be done.”
Only Jesus could handle the truth that the wages of sin is eternal death, separation from every blessing that God can possibly give. Jesus certainly knew that in just a few short hours, in the agony of that separation from his Father for our sin, he would cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus can handle the truth!
“Are you the Son of God?” Thank God the answer was “Yes!” The Son of God can handle the truth of our guilt.
You can handle the truth!
If Jesus has already experienced the truth that our sins deserve death, then we can handle the truth of God’s justice. “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Claim this in worship with us: “In Christ, I can handle the truth!”
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Easter for Kids
It isn’t too late to have your children participate in Easter for Kids on Saturday, April 13. Register here.
Remember that our grade school is producing the musical Shrek Jr. next
week: Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. All are at 7 pm.
Attached is this week’s St. Paul’s News!
Hope to see many of you this weekend!