Words Justify or Condemn
“For by thy words thou shalt be justified,
and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
When Pilate was minded to release Jesus, the Jews said, “His blood be upon us” (Matthew 27.25). Yet, after Jesus had been crucified, and the apostles began teaching that he had been raised from the dead, the Jews were outraged, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us” (Acts 5.28).
Strange that they would accuse the apostles of intending to do the very thing that they had demanded earlier. Such behavior is in line with the wicked, for they contradict, lie, and falsely accuse, when their wicked intentions and deeds are exposed by the light (i.e., truth; John 3.19). Truly, their speech betrayed them!