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To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In holding to His teachings as we have, and in preaching it unceasingly and studying it continuously, we can testify to the truth of these words of Jesus. For it is only to those who have learnt to listen to Him and not just listen, but do what He has said and hold onto His words that freedom comes. Freedom first of all from the teachings and judgments of men, and certainly freedom from practices that are obsolete and are no longer applicable to those who have believed in Christ.

There is a difference between believing the truth and knowing the truth, especially in the context where you are trying to prosecute a murder. When you only believe the truth, you only have a suspect and not a culprit. When you know the truth, you have the culprit and prosecution can begin. No one who believes the truth can prosecute a suspect in a court of law. Even though what they believe can keep them safe, it cannot bring justice to the victim. An example is a person may believe another person to be a paedophile and on that basis keep his children away from that person. His faith, his believing, may have saved his children from becoming victims if the suspect is truly a paedophile. However, he cannot bring charges against the suspect to avenge the victims. But if say he found the evidence of not only the suspect’s victims identifying him, but evidence that the suspect is the culprit, then the truth of that, the facts, can be used to convict and punish him and bring some justice to his victims.

However, the successful prosecution of all culprits depends on the quality of two things:

  1. The witnesses
  2. The evidence

Having just one is not a guaranteed successful prosecution, and certainly faulty and dubious evidence and witnesses are the best ways of sinking the case. No successful prosecution against the murderers of Jesus Christ has been brought to trial to date because of these two factors:

  1. Lack of quality witnesses
  2. Lack of quality evidence

…as well as a third, which has been created by the first two – lack of credibility of the victim’s testimony.

The one witness who was there to hear and see the outcome of the arrest of Jesus and His trial before the Sanhedrin was Peter the apostle as it is recorded: Those who had arrested Jesus took Him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed Him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

You see, Peter was there when they brought forth the false evidence and witnesses. He was the one who could have refuted their evidence and witnesses if only he did not himself deny Jesus by lying under oath, saying, “I don’t know the Man!” In perjuring himself, Peter rendered himself an unreliable witness so that his testimony for the defence of Jesus was struck off… which is why when Peter himself was brought before the Sanhedrin in Acts 5.27 with the other apostle and used the word ‘murder’ (New King James Version) instead of ‘kill’ (New International Version)… the Sanhedrin took no notice of his testimony. There was no reaction to Peter’s charge against them of ‘murder’ as there was to Stephen’s charge of murder.

Why? Because Peter to the Sanhedrin and the Jews was known as a perjured witness. And what of the other apostles who were there? They could not bring the charge because firstly they were not there that night when false witnesses came forth. They themselves were not witnesses of the conspiracy to murder Jesus. They just knew that He had been crucified and killed, just as He told them. And even though they could have said something, whatever they were to say in Acts 5 would carry little weight because the truth is that they themselves had not obeyed Jesus. The truth is they themselves were not disciples of Jesus who were faithful to obey their own Master’s commands, and so could not be held trustworthy enough to bring a charge against others that would carry the death penalty.

The denial of Jesus by Peter and the disobedience and disbelief of the other ten on resurrection morning rendered them impotent as witnesses who could bring Jesus’ murderers to justice. They could still be witnesses of Jesus regarding His teachings, instructions and personage… but as witnesses against others, they were not fit. Understand this and you will see why the eleven had enough power to start the church, heal the sick and drive out demons as Jesus taught them… but against the Sanhedrin and the Romans they were powerless. They were not able to bring down the Sanhedrin in the Roman Empire on the charges of murdering Jesus because in any court of law, they would not be sufficiently credible as witnesses to eliminate all reasonable doubt.

The reaction to Stephen’s testimony in Acts 7.54-59 is vastly different because Stephen did not deny Christ and Stephen was not one of those who had disbelieved and disobeyed Jesus on resurrection morning. He was a credible witness. Now look at Luke’s recording of Stephen’s final words and understand what happened exactly. Stephen said, “And now you have betrayed and murdered Him— you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.” The effects of these words on the Jews were… When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. However, they did nothing. It was what Stephen said next that caused them to cover their ears and yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.

The Sanhedrin did not react to Peter and the apostle’s testimony in this way even though they were furious and wanted to put them to death. For Gamaliel, being Paul’s teacher, knew the law well enough to know that they were not reliable witnesses that they should be believed or disbelieved… but rather, they could be let go so that God can deal with them. You see, Gamaliel’s advice to the Sanhedrin was not a friendly advice for the apostles as you may think, but rather, an advice based on disdain upon them and to avoid the Sanhedrin from getting themselves into trouble with God, saying, “Leave these men alone! Let them go!For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” It is written: His speech persuaded them. It did not persuade them to believe the apostles; no… it just persuaded them to have nothing to do with them because they were not fit witnesses of God as Moses was. Gamaliel’s advice was an insult to the integrity or lack of integrity of the quality of Peter and the other apostle’s testimony.

But when Stephen then said, “Look, I see Heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God,” he spoke words that have a meaning that Gentile non-believers and certainly even most ‘Christians’ do not comprehend the gravity of. For Stephen, born a Jew, was speaking to fellow Jews of Jesus, the One whom he had charged them with murdering, of being alive and at the right hand of God bearing witness against them! You see, the Jews believe in the resurrection of the righteous! For Stephen to say, “Look, I see Heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God,” was in fact to say to those Jews, “You have not only murdered Him, but you have murdered a righteous Man, and God is now listening to His testimony.” Stephen, being a reliable witness because of his own testimony, had to be silenced because his testimony would convict them of their complicity in the murder of Jesus. For the Jews themselves also believe that a man can receive visions of Heaven from God. Stephen’s testimony hit at their own beliefs and if he was not silenced, the Jews themselves would be in trouble. Either way, they would have to deny their faith or they would have to face the judgment according to their faith. Either option was not acceptable. So like all murderers who want to hide their crime, they stoned Stephen to murder him, except Stephen saved them from the guilt of two murders by praying for them and then fell asleep by committing his spirit to the Lord.

Likewise, Jesus committed His spirit to the Father before He died and it was not the spear of the Roman soldier that killed Him. However, the conspiracy to murder was still there and likewise with Stephen’s death.

Even though the final of death was not committed by the Jews or the Romans in Jesus’ case… the conspiracy and the complicity to do so was there, and they would have succeeded had Jesus not saved them by dying by His own will… and likewise Stephen, who did the same.

Jesus and Stephen dying by their own will may have saved them from the final act of the murder, but the conspiracy, the motive and the will for the murders are all there. As such, there is still a case to answer to. For it was the Jews who insisted that Jesus be crucified and the Romans obliged them so that it was on the cross they nailed Jesus to that Jesus willed Himself to die. Likewise, Stephen was dragged out and they began to stone him, which made him will himself to death.

So for 2000 years, nothing further has been done for these two cold cases because of the lack of reliable witnesses. The second problem in this case has been the lack of reliable evidence.

The inability of those who say they are believers of Jesus to prove that the testimonies of Jesus, all His words and teachings, are truly true have meant that the words of Jesus can be legally discounted, for Jesus Himself, it would appear, is a liar!

Here are some examples:

  • Did Jesus not say, “Yes, I am coming soon”? Yet 1900 years later He is still not back.
  • Did Jesus not say, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well”? So how come the churches send the sick to hospitals rather than the hospitals sending the sick to the churches?
  • Did Jesus not say, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…”? So how come Christians cannot walk on water, multiply the food, calm storms, and so on?

And when the very churches of Jesus began to turn away from Jesus’ teachings and adopt the teachings of James the Younger and then invent their own as well… that is the evidence needed to say that the words of Jesus cannot be relied on and as such the very testimony of the Victim can be discounted… as many say today… Jesus faked His own death; that it was another man on the cross; or He never really died but recovered from His ordeal; etc. etc. etc. And then some even say that after His Jerusalem ministry, He went on to the Himalayas to further His own development as a holy Man.

You see, to the unbelieving world, both Jews and Gentiles, there is no evidence that the words of Jesus are true and reliable… just as there are no reliable witnesses that one can trust. I do not need to go into the many sins of the denominational churches.

Now understand this: This is not to say that those who believe and repent at the preaching of the Gospel are not saved… no, the work of Jesus continues in the salvation of souls. However, the capability and the ability to bring His murderers to justice have been absent… that’s all. Even though there have been mighty men and women of God with large and reputable ministries around the world… those ministries have been effective in the preaching of the Gospel for the salvation of souls, yes… however, not one of them has the capability to bring the murderers to justice because all of them have in one way or another sold their testimonies. Yes, sold their testimonies… in their lifestyle, in their CDs and DVDs, in their conferences… they make a living in testifying for money. They may be expert witnesses, but they are no different from the expert witnesses of the commercial world who are paid for their evidence. They can be used for commercial trials, even compensation trials, but in a murder trial? Never.

Yet those who have held onto the teachings of Jesus faithfully are now truly being set free. Set free from the idolatry of men, even if they are apostles… so that Jesus alone is their Apostle. Set free to see what really happened… and knowing the truth, not believing the truth, they can now prepare their case.

The case can be reopened now, for the evidence is being gathered. As men and women everywhere have the command to listen to Jesus restored to them and practise for themselves the words of Jesus to see His words proved true with their lives… the evidence is being raised. And these testimonies are coming from anyone and everyone who believe and who are not testifying or peddling their testimonies for profit, fame or gain. Men and women who would obey Jesus even though they have never seen Him or have never been personally discipled by Him as the eleven were… but yet who would obey and not only obey, but believe. Men and women who would believe that He is alive! That He was raised by the Holy Spirit, seen by the 500, and is now at the right hand of God waiting to return. They may not have the evidence that He is alive, no… just the evidence that His words and teachings before He was murdered are the truth.

You see, we do not need the evidence that He is alive… we only need the evidence that Jesus is the Truth as He said He is. Together with the written evidence that they bore false witness against Him to kill (murder) Him, these two things we can declare to the descendants of His murderers, to all mankind, the fact that He is alive.

Those who would believe that Jesus is alive are those who would want a murdered man to receive the miracle of a resurrection so that he may receive his justice. That faith alone is enough to acquit them of any guilt and complicity in the murder of Jesus. Those who having heard the charge and seen the evidence, but still refuse to believe that He is now alive, have proved themselves to be willing accomplices of murderers who want their victims to remain dead so that no justice is brought to them.

We need witnesses and we need evidence of a quality sufficient to prosecute. And now God is raising them up and giving them the evidence through His elect so that the murder trial of Jesus may be concluded and justice can be brought to Him and His Father.

The gospel of Peter, the denier, was “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” …and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation,” when the Gospel of Jesus Christ was first preached.

Now the church age will come to an end as the Gospel about Jesus Christ is preached by the elect of the Lord, “Repent and live, for He who was murdered is alive and coming soon to reign on the Earth,” even as the angelics begin proclaiming their messages…

“Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made the Heavens, the Earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”

So what say you, sons and daughters of Adam, “Jesus Christ whom we murdered is alive. Will you believe this?”

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