Your Accuser is Moses! -- By Lyn Chaffart

"But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set." (John 5:45-46) 

Jesus has just healed a crippled man beside the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15).  Such a miracle certainly cannot be hidden, and before long, the Jewish leaders begin their interrogation:  "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat . . . Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"  (John 5:10,12)  Then comes their criticism: "So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him." (John 5:16-17)

And Jesus' response?  "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" (John 5:45-47)

These men were the Bible scholars of the day.  They knew all there was to know ABOUT the Scriptures.  Yet they didn't know the Author of the Scriptures.  If they had of known Him, they would have recognized Jesus!  And since they did not believe what their beloved Moses wrote, how could they be expected to believe what Jesus Himself said? 
 
This is religion, my friends!  Religion studies the Word of God without getting to know the Author.  Religion knows all there is to know about God, but is so swept up in its pre-conceived ideas, that when God does manifest Himself, they don't even recognize that it is God! 
 
We are no better than the religious leaders of Jesus' day, my friends!  They HAD Jesus, but refused to see that He was the Son of God.  With their OWN eyes they saw His miracles, yet they accused Him of doing them in the name of the devil.  We, too, can HAVE Jesus today, for He says:  "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20).  We can also experience His miracles!  Yet so many times you hear people deny the power of God.  Attributing His miracles to "chance", to "science", to "it would have happened anyway", and worse, "It's of the devil!"  
 
No, Perhaps 2000 years HAVE passed by, but religion has not changed, and it continues to ensnare and blind those that Jesus came to set free.  What would Jesus say to us today?  Would He say: "Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"
 
Or, perhaps His message for us is a bit stronger:  "You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." (Rev 3:17-18) and "because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Rev 3:16-17)
 
Jesus is still real, my friends!  He still walks among us!  He has not changed!  (Heb 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.")  But we still can!  We do not need to fall into the same traps that ensnared the Jewish leaders in Jesus' day!  We can get to know God personally, rather than simply reading about Him.  We can learn to watch for where He is at work.  We can learn to listen to His quiet voice.  We can put our faith in a God who is still alive and at work in the world today.  We can believe His miracles.  Then, at the judgment day, Moses will not have to testify against us. 
 
Love in Christ,

Lyn

Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org