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Confronted With Christ

Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Matthew 27:22 (NKJV)

When Jesus came to earth He had a message to give to everyone.  He would confront them in truth and love, and His message was simple and straightforward.  He let people know whom He was, where He was from, and then told them what was required of them.  He then gave them the freedom to react in whatever way they chose, and monitored their choices. 

When Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, the chief priests and elders falsely accused Him.  Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, and he continually looked for a way to release Jesus; even giving the Jews the option of allowing Jesus to go free on a governor’s pardon.  Pilate was in a position to make a choice to believe in Jesus as the Christ, and to let Him go, or He could submit to the will of the people and crucify Him.  He was confronted with Christ and he chose the latter. 

Ever since this transpired mankind has been continually confronted with what to do with Jesus.  We are told who He is, where He came from, and why He came.  We are then faced with the decision as to what we will personally do with Him, and He demands a response.  Even though there are a multitude of answers, they will all be funneled down into one of two categories.  

  1. We will either surrender our life to Jesus and submit to God’s will for how we should live, or—
  1. We will harden our heart and choose to fight God’s perfect provision of Jesus Christ.

When a person chooses not to submit to God and accept Jesus they will usually attempt to eliminate Him from every aspect of their life.  In doing so they will choose to be an enemy of the very person who created them.  We see Jesus speaking of this very truth.   

"He who is not with Me is against Me," Matthew 12:30 (NKJV)

As Christian men and women we have chosen to surrender our life to Jesus and to make Him our Lord.  Even so we still live in a body tempted by Satan.  We must always take captive every idea, principle, or goal we may have that may clash with what Jesus wants for our life.  In essence we are being confronted with Christ, and we must decide whether we will surrender to His will, or whether we will follow our own desires. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today. When we find ourselves confronted with the enemy and his temptations, let’s choose to hold fast to our confession of faith, and choose to abide in what we know to be righteous. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 12:30 what choices do we have with respect to Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see areas in your life where Satan is tempting you to walk independently of Jesus and His Word?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and hold fast to our confession of faith. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for sending Jesus into our lives.  Help us to see every deception and compromise for what they really are.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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