They knew the time was approaching. The fulfillment of their meticulous planning was imminent.
Early that morning, they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. (John 18)
These men, the religious leaders of God’s chosen people, were in the process of orchestrating the murder of the Messiah. The Promised One. The One to Whom their entire nation and in fact all of creation had looked since time began.
The One whose sacrifice they had anticipated for centuries would be offered at their own hands.
Their hearts were full of greed…envy…hatred…anger…pride. And yet they didn’t enter the governor’s headquarters for fear of being defiled.
How could they not know they were already defiled?
And that’s not even close to the end of the story. When Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” their answer was “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have delivered him over to you.”
The Sinless One. The Lamb without blemish. The Holy God Himself made flesh. Labeled a criminal.
These guys had a lot of problems. But it all started with their perspective.
What was the problem with their perspective? Well, it was…theirs. It started with them, instead of with God.
A perspective that doesn’t start and end with God is always fundamentally flawed.
When you and I slip in front of our eyes the glasses of self-perspective, world-perspective, or culture-perspective…
or even friend-perspective, academic-perspective, or famous-author-perspective…
and (dare I say it?) even mainstream-Christian-perspective, please hear this clearly:
Any perspective that doesn’t start and end with God is always fundamentally flawed.
Wrong perspective blinds us to the truth about who we are. And it just might blind us to the truth about others, too. And guess what? It can especially blind us to the truth about God.
Wrong perspective can cause us to be wrong about pretty much everything.
God’s character. God’s promises. God’s provision. God’s protection. God’s love. God’s sovereignty. God’s holiness…
When it comes down to it, there isn’t a single aspect of life that isn’t at risk when we have a flawed perspective. Sometimes the consequences of wrong perspective are deadly, as they were in the case of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. But more often, the result is a slow fade…away from our spouse, away from our friends, away from our identity in Christ, away from God Himself.
And of what benefit is the right perspective? Having a God-centered perspective is critical in finding:
Joy in life. (The easy parts and the hard ones)
Victory over temptation.
Happiness in homes.
Fulfillment in ministry.
Contentment in who God created us to be.
Yes, dear friend, the key to all of this is having a God-oriented perspective. So how do we get one of those?
There’s no shortcut. And no magic pill.
Just this: Time. With. God. Both the Old and New Testaments are clear that we will become like those we spend time with.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Bad company corrupts good character.
I Corinthians 15:33
This is true on a physical realm, and it’s no less true in the spiritual. Lingering long in God’s presence gives us His perspective. As we soak in the truths of His Word, basking in the promises we find there, contemplating the hope He offers, learning new truths and just being reminded of what we already know but aren’t yet applying…
gazing upon the beauty of His holiness and the wonder of His love…
we just can’t help but continue thinking about Him long after we’ve closed our Bibles and resumed our daily tasks. You see, time with God feeds our thoughts of God, which orients our hearts toward God and grants us the perspective of God.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sacrificing Your Son, Jesus, so that I might have a relationship with You. What a privilege to spend time in the presence of the Creator and King of the universe! Please give me a longing for Your company, and grant me a glimpse of Your perspective, that I might know You more and magnify You in my actions and my attitudes.
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