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What Then Shall I Do With Jesus?

What Then Shall I do With Jesus?

Pilate said to them, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said to him, "Let Him be crucified!" Matthew 27:22 (NKJV)

"What then shall I do with Jesus?"  It is a simple question - one that was proposed by Pontius Pilate to those who were coming against Jesus.

Here was the scene.  Pontius Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent and he was looking for a way to let Jesus go.  So he brought out a convicted murderer by the name of Barabbas who was hated by he Jews.  He asked them, "Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" The Jewish people cried out to Pilate to free Barabbas, and to destroy Jesus by crucifying Him (See Mt. 27:15-23).

Q:    Why?
A:    Because the chief priests and elders could not handle the answer Jesus gave to Pilate's question, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 

Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" Jesus said to him, "It is as you say." Matthew 27:11 (NKJV)

So here stood Jesus - God in the flesh - testifying to all who could see and hear, that He was the messiah, the living Christ.

For some who witnessed Him and His miraculous signs, it changed them forever - they believed and were drawn to Him, compelled to stop their sinful lifestyles and to follow Him.

To others who were in His presence it was a light so bright that it exposed them for who they were and for what they believed within their hardened and pride filled hearts.  They wanted to snuff out this light and to eradicate anything or anyone who would carry that light within their life.

It is the same for us today.  We can either be drawn to Jesus by His light and attributes - His truth, His kindness, His mercy, His grace and His unconditional love.  And as a result, we will find ourselves imitating Him by living a selfless life that seeks to serve others and share to Gospel message of salvation.

Or, we can have our eyes fixed on the temptations of the enemy - those fleshly lusts.  And as a result we can find ourselves possessing his attributes of selfishness, greed, covetousness,, envy, strife, condemnation of others, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred and pride.  And for those who choose to continue to seek what this world has to offer in an attempt to be satisfied, they can find that they are living for their own pleasures and desires and end up coming against Jesus and those who seek to follow Him.

We are reminded of this truth and encouraged to live accordingly in 1Peter.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 1Peter 2:9-11 (NKJV)

As Christians, we have been given a great gift in Jesus.  We have been given life, and life more abundantly.  We have been given a great promise and a great future.  And with this we have been given a great responsibility and privilege - to share that gift with others.

I guess in some ways we are like Pontius Pilate in that we know the truth of who Jesus is.  We will have to ask ourselves the same question that He did.  And our answer will ultimately shape our thoughts, our actions, and our Christian walk.  

Hey Christian, ask yourself this question today, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?"

Hey, maybe we didn't cry out against Jesus and scoff or mock Him. Maybe we felt that we have done everything that needs to be done when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.  God wants to do so much more within our lives and with what we have been given - He wants to invest it into the lives of other people who are being deceived by the enemy.  He wants to transform and empower us to live a life of hope and of victory - not one of defeat and depression.

Let's share the message of the cross with someone today.  Let's ask God to provide an opportunity to share our testimony with another person - to let them know what Jesus has done in our life.  Let's do something with Jesus today!

STUDY QUESTION: What are we encouraged to do and warned about in 1Peter 2:9-11?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What are you doing with Jesus?

APPLICATION: When we acknowledge that we have been given so much, we must conclude that we should be using this great gift and sharing it with others who don't know about it, or understand it.  Ask God to bring someone into your life today to share the Gospel message with.

Father, Thank You for Your mercy and Your loving kindness.  Father I acknowledge that Jesus is my Lord and my savior and the reason that I am able to fellowship with You.  Help me to share this great gift with others today Lord.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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