March 6, 2016

Not This Man – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

“So they cried out again, saying, ‘Not this Man, but Barabbas.’ Now Barabbas was a robber.” (John 18:40)

The attitude of Abraham’s children, prepared for this moment for centuries, toward their promised Messiah is mind-boggling. “Not the loving shepherd, willing to die for us. Crucify him, but release the rebellious thief.

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:10-11)

Thousands of generations have passed, but the rejection of the world’s creator and savior continues. They still cry, as predicted in Jesus’ parable, “‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’” (Luke 19:14). Even in a nation founded by devout believers, the name of Jesus Christ is banished from the schools, ignored in the halls of government, and blasphemed on the streets.

And whom did they choose instead of “this man”? They preferred Barabbas, who was not only a robber, but also a revolutionary and murderer (Luke23:19). Today, they eulogize the atheist Darwin, or the robber Lenin, or the revolutionary Mao, or

the murderer Hitler, or any one of a thousand antichrists; but they will not have our Creator.

Overstated? Consider last week’s reaction, by many of our nation’s leading scientists, to an article just published in a major peer reviewed scientific journal. The offence? The article acknowledged the obvious implications of a Creator’s design.

After a lengthy description of their elaborate, meticulous methodology, the highly qualified authors concluded, regarding the human hand…

“The explicit functional link indicates that the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture between muscles and articulations is the proper design by the Creator…” (PLOS ONE, January 5, 2016)

The storm began late last week when several famous scientists discovered the article and responded viciously. They described the publication as “unacceptable,” and criticized the “sloppy job” done by the reviewers and editors. Several scientists said the journal should be boycotted unless amends are made.

Anxo Sánchez said, “Just found out PLOS ONE published a paper with “evidence” about some “creator”. If not retracted immediately, I will resign as editor.”

The cowardly response by PLOS ONE was immediate.

“Following publication, readers raised concerns about language in the article that makes references to a ‘Creator’ … Consequently the PLOS ONE consider that the work cannot be relied upon and retract this publication. The editors apologize to readers for the inappropriate language in the article and the errors during the evaluation process.”

Our nation’s scientist, like the religious leaders of Jesus day, should have known and glorified our Creator. Instead they responded in a strikingly similar, shameful manner. Can you hear the echo from the first century

…“Behold, your King!” So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!”…” (John 19:14-15).

Peter rebuked the disgraceful conduct of the Sanhedrin and charged, “…you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,…” (Acts 3:14). Later he quoted David to the disciples, ‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.’” (Acts 4:26).

The rejection of our creator today is just as real as it ever was. Rulers, industrialists, scientists, educators, and commentators say in deed, if not in word, “‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’” (Luke 19:14).

Nevertheless, Jesus proved victorious over the worst they could do then, and He will do so again!

“He arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!”           (Low In The Grave He Lay)



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