Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Among all the other indignities that Jesus suffers, being falsely accused is one of the worst. In Luke 23:2 the assembly rises up and shouts: “We found this man undermining our law and order, forbidding taxes to be paid to Caesar, setting himself up as Messiah-King.”
Of all the things that bring stress crushing down on us, being falsely accused, or being misunderstood, is one of the hardest. Oftentimes, we would like to set the record straight and clear the matter, defend our name, but people would say, as Gertrude does in Hamlet, “thou dost protest too much.”
Have you been misunderstood or falsely accused? You are not alone. Jesus bears your burden with you.
A few thoughts…
This might be an opportunity to do some soul-searching. Is there some kernel of truth in the accusation that you need to face up to? Ask for the grace to hear it.
The name “Satan” means “the Accuser.” Remember that even if there are grounds for rebuke, God convicts us of sin; he does not accuse in order to destroy us.
If someone is treating you unfairly, be careful not to become like them. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Beware when you fight a dragon, lest you become a dragon.” God will help you take the high road, like Jesus did before his accusers.
Remember 1 Peter 4:12-13: Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Consider that not all of the accusations leveled at Jesus were completely wrong. He did claim to be Messiah-King (the people just didn’t understand what that meant). He did “stir people up all over Galilee by his teaching” (23:5), but in a way that they desperately needed.
Pontius Pilate put the Jews’ accusation directly to Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.
The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)
Bob Jacobs is Pastor of Westminster Church, Rapid City. If you're interested in more of Bob's writings, check out his personal blog at www.brittlecrazyglass.wordpress.com.