‘What then shall I do with Jesus?’ Matthew 27:22 NKJV
When it comes to Jesus, we have three choices. Let’s look at them:
(1) Reject Him. That’s what the Pharisees did. ‘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) Why? Because His grace and power exposed their lack of both. His truth exposed their error. And when you don’t like the message, you reject the messenger.
(2) Avoid Him. That’s what Pilate’s wife did: ‘While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him.”’ (Matthew 27:19 NIV) Why do people avoid Jesus? Because He forces a reaction in our hearts. He calls you to make a choice between living for yourself or living for Him. The chief priests accused Jesus of stirring up the people. And they were right! Before Jesus delivers you, He will disturb you. And some of us don’t want to be disturbed.
(3) Accept Him. That’s what Paul did: ‘…Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.’ (Galatians 2:20 NKJV) Pilate tried to wash his hands of the whole thing and avoid making a decision about Jesus. But it can’t be done.
Jesus said, ‘He who is not with Me is against Me.’ (Matthew 12:30 NKJV) So if you have not accepted Christ as your Saviour, here is the question you must answer: ‘Where do you stand with Jesus?’
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