Regaining the Sight of Right and Wrong—Matthew 26

Caiaphas, the High Priest, along with most of the chief priests and elders in Jerusalem began to lose sight of right and wrong when they lost their fear of the LORD and turned from obeying the Law of God given through Moses. Losing sight of what is right can happen gradually over time. When their conscience first spoke to them, they never repented of their sins and returned to obeying God. Later, when John the Baptist began telling people to repent and prepare for the coming of the Messiah, they did not heed his message. They came to believe God would never punish them. Indeed, the opposite happened: the more these leaders turned from God, the more powerful and wealthy they became in cooperation with the Romans who ruled over them. They became wicked and suppressed the truths that the prophets, John the Baptist, and Jesus preached. Completely disregarding the Law of God and the consequences of disobedience, they eventually plotted the death of their Messiah and Savior. In Romans 1:18, Paul described how people can lose sight of right and wrong, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth.” Having gotten into the habit of suppressing the truth and doing what was wrong, these religious leaders eventually schemed together and murdered God’s one and only Son.

Increasingly today more and more people are losing sight of right and wrong. In their own way, they do not fear God and they do not obey the Law of God as revealed in the Bible. “Claiming to be wise, they [have become] became fools” (Romans 1:22). In news reports from around the world, we see the consequences of more and more people turning from God and from what is right. What they say and do seems ever more foolish to those who read the Bible, and what they say and do can be dangerous to themselves and to others.

Thankfully, God has shown us the solution for regaining the sight of right and wrong.

First, as Christian leaders and teachers, we need to examine ourselves to see if we are on the same path as the religious leaders in Jerusalem who eventually crucified Jesus. If we are on their or a similar path, the eventual consequences will not be good for anyone. Do we need to repent of our sin of unbelief and return to believing the Bible and obeying Jesus? To help others regain the sight of right and wrong, we must begin with ourselves and our relationship with God in Jesus Christ. If we refuse to line up our ideas with the teachings of Jesus and the Bible, we will never regain our understanding of right and wrong or be able to truly help anyone.

Second, we need to pray. The Holy Spirit will help us pray for our Christian witness, our churches, and our Bible preachers and teachers. We need to pray for more and more people to believe the truth of the Bible and courageously teach that truth. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering persecution, imprisonment, and death for sharing their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We need to pray for everyone as the Holy Spirit leads us.

Third, we need to keep on prayerfully studying the Bible and prayerfully asking the Holy Spirit to help us teach and share what we are learning with others, whether we are “officially” teachers or consider ourselves students of the Bible. As Christians, all of us can teach someone some truth from the Bible that we have learned.

Of course, the Bible teaches us to do far more than these three things, but by beginning with these three steps the Lord Jesus can teach us and show us what more we can do to help some see what is right and turn from wrong to right and to trusting in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Only Jesus can make the difference that everyone needs in their lives and what our world needs. What we do as Christians in teaching the Bible and talking about Jesus will help make a difference in the lives we touch and in our world.

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.
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