Monday, February 16th, 2015
Fellowship (Part 11)
Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised.
1 Chronicles 16:23-25 (NKJV)
Imagine yourself at the most important trial in earth's history, and you're sitting in the gallery. The defendant is Christianity, earth's largest religion. The Judge is God, and the prosecutor is Satan. The jury is every uncommitted person in the world. Each sits with a screen in his hands.
Many smirk, others yawn, but some watch the proceedings with curious attention. Their votes count more than they know. Hovering in the highest balconies is a great 'Cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1). They cannot be numbered, but neither can they testify. Because they are angels, and this trial regards men. Most specifically, it's about the Christian faith: what's been done by those who carry His Name, but not necessarily His Cross.
The Defense Attorney already gave His all. He's left the courtroom and waits in the Judge's Chambers for the final verdict. Therefore, the defendant, Christianity, continues in His absence. It speaks for itself. It knows the Rules and quotes them well, but the Substance is missing. Soon, the Judge may close the case.
The prosecutor accuses Christianity of grievous transgressions, including hypocrisy, idol worship and apathy. The list of crimes and string of victims seem endless. Finally, the defendant falls to its knees in despair and begs its own witnesses to rise. The merciful Judge agrees: 'Saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' ' (Isaiah 6:8).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Will you testify? Will you rise in defense of the Christian faith? Will you leave the gallery, come to the stands and bring Truth to the table? The jury needs to see you before the final gavel falls, before the last horn blows. They may reject the defendant based on opposing arguments and insufficient evidence.
They don't know what the trial really means, nor the importance of their votes.
Remember when Jesus, the Man, was questioned by Pilate, the ruler, at His Own trial. He became the First Witness in defense of a new faith, soon to be named Christianity: 'For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth' (John 18:37).
Consider the gallery to be church. Consider the courtroom to be media. Consider the witness stand to be your calling. Consider the jury box to be lost souls.
They judge Jesus by Christianity, instead of by its Founder. For this cause you were born, that you should bear witness to the Truth.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.