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What To Do With Jesus


"'What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?' Pilate asked" (Matt. 27:22).

Here is a Roman governor on the horns of a dilemma. He has the fate of Jesus, the Son of God in his hands. His wife has had bad dreams, the crowd is unruly and he likes his cushy job as governor. He does not want to make waves. Although he sees nothing Jesus has done that merits death, he has Him flogged and hands Him over to be crucified. There is a kind of universality to his question in today's verse though. Through the corridors of time it has been asked over and over again. It transcends race, ethnicity and class. After one has learned the truth about Jesus, he can never be the same again.

There are a lot of things involved in today's question that a responsible person cannot ignore. "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters" (Matt. 12:30). Who He is brought into bold relief as we read the first two verses of the Book of Hebrews. It says that He is God's spokesman to man. Paul writes to Timothy (1Tim. 2:5) saying that He is the only mediator between God and man. He was born "to save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). He is our perfect example as Peter points out to us when he writes, "Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps" (1 Pet. 2:21). The question pertains to our soul and eternity. Jesus is indeed the way, the truth and the life.

We might learn a lesson or two as we look what people in His day did with Him. The shepherds in Luke 2 were "attracted to Him," while the wise men (Matt. 2:1 & 2) worshipped Him. A disturbed Herod tried to have Him killed and the religious leaders of the day constantly attempted to ensnare him with their own words as He spoke the truth. His own did "not receive Him," (Jno 1:11) Judas betrayed Him and Peter denied Him three times in one night. Pilate, as we have seen tried to remain neutral, and Paul (then Saul) persecuted Him is the form of threatening Christians. Some of these examples are frighteningly similar to the what some people try to do with Him today....

What I find almost intriguing, is that there will come a day when the question will be reversed. As he stands before us today, we have been given the right to make a decision what to do with Him. "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due to him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10). The terms are pretty clear aren't they...What we decide to do with Him determines what He will do with us..The decision is ours....

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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