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Thoughts from the Bible 05-03-17

What will you do with Jesus?

 

The greatest person of history is Jesus of Nazareth. His life has attracted more attention, raised more questions, and given more hope and consolation to mankind than that of anyone else who ever walked the earth. During His personal ministry on earth He revealed marvelous things concerning himself. For instance He declared that he was: “The Son of God” - John 3:16; “One with the Father” - John 10:30; “Not from this world, but from above” - John 8:23; “The savior of the lost” - Luke 19:10.

These are only a few of the many wonderful truths He declared about himself. These declarations, in spite of their truthfulness, led to his death on the cross. When Jesus revealed himself to mankind, a decision had to be made: “What shall I do with Jesus?” Everyone who met him was faced with the same question. Even his own people chose to reject him (John 1:11) and delivered him to Pilate for trial and hopeful execution. You would do well to read again Matthew 27:11-22. Notice the last verse: Matthew 27:22 (KJV) “22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.”

Lifting this question from its setting and bringing it forward 2000 years, we find the multitudes today either shifting responsibility like Pilate or rejecting him like the Jews. Only a few by comparison accept Jesus and make the commitment to live for him. We’re quick to condemn Pilate for his act of cowardice, little realizing that we must answer the same question today. Consider Pilate: First he declared our Lord’s innocence (Lk. 23:4); Second, he shifted responsibility to Herod Antipas of Galilee and Perea (Lk. 23:7); Pilate thirdly appealed to the decency of the people- Luke 23:14 - “I having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him;” Lk 23:22 - “And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.”

The appeal to decency failed yet he still wanted their favor, but not this injustice. Fourthly, he tried to free Jesus through offering for release either he or Barabbas - a murderer, robber, leader of insurrection. They wanted Barabbas! (Luke 23:19). Finally, he sought to wash his hands of the matter (Matthew 27:24) but Pilate could not wash his hands of the blood of the Son of God. His life could never be the same again. According to John’s account, Pilate was greatly troubled when he learned Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.

Once we learn the truth about the Savior, we will never be the same again. Pilate’s answer is not an alternative. You must either accept Jesus and all of his blessings that go with that acceptance, or you must reject Him and be ready to receive all of the fearful consequences. There is no third alternative! Jesus said - Matthew 12:30 - “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

If you are a Christian, you stand with Christ and everything for which he stands. If you are not, you stand against Christ and everything for which he stands. What will you do with Jesus who is called the Christ?

 

 


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