NOT GUILTY!

Each one of us must, at some time in our lives, answer the question: “What will I do with Jesus?” When the Jewish religious leaders brought Jesus before Pilate, demanding that Jesus be executed, Pilate found no fault in Him. Not one sin. Not one wrong doing. And not one law broken. The Bible is clear that Jesus was guilty of nothing. This is the same man who compassionately healed the sick, made blind people see, raised people from the dead, fed more than 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish. He had done nothing but good. Yet the people now yelled for his death.

In the moment that Jesus stood before Pilate, Jesus’ earthly life was in Pilate’s hands. Not that Pilate could “take” Jesus’ life. Jesus willingly laid down his life for us. But Pilate could not find one thing Jesus was guilty of and he tried to weasel his way out of the situation through an annual custom where he would release a prisoner. He asked the crowd if they wanted him to release Jesus who was innocent of any wrong or Barabbas, a hardened criminal. The same crowd who just days before were laying palm branches and crying, “HOSANNA!” now cried out for the release of Barabbas. Pilate then asked, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?

You too must choose

Every single one of us must answer this all important question. The answer we choose will determine our eternity. We can reject Him and live our own way or we can choose to surrender our lives to Him as our Savior. The time to answer the question for yourself is now. It’s a decision that must be made in this life. You can’t wait until after you die and then decide. None of know how long we have on this earth. Tomorrow could be too late. You are not even guaranteed the next breath. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” If you haven’t answered question, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” for yourself yet, then let me ask you…what are you waiting for? What will you do with Jesus, who is called Christ?

What will you do with Jesus in this moment?

For those of us who have chosen salvation, we too much answer the same question every day. As temptations come our way or when we feel God tugging at our heart to do something He’s calling us to do, we must answer the question – What will I do with Jesus right now in this moment? Will you seek Him to help overcome the temptation? Will you obey Him and answer the call?

Pilate, who was governor, should have done the right thing at the beginning and released Jesus, but it was God’s plan for Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins. Pilate, nor the people, were ever in control of Jesus’ life or death. The crowd had to decide what to do with Jesus – they chose crucifixion. Pilate had to decide what to do with Jesus. He listened to and gave into the crowd who just kept getting louder and louder to the point that Pilate was afraid of a riot starting. At that point it was too late for him to do the right thing. He chose to appease the crowd and handed Jesus over to be crucified.

The people intended evil – but God used it for our good

The crowd intended a very big evil against Jesus who was without any sin or wrong, but what they intended for evil, God used for the good of all people everywhere for without the cross and death of Jesus, there could be no resurrection and salvation. We would have no hope of redemption and fellowship with God. There would be no eternal life in heaven. We’d all be doomed to eternity in hell. Pilate may have thought he was appeasing an angry crowd, but in reality he was setting into motion God’s plan of salvation for you and for me. He sent Jesus to cross – but Jesus willingly went to the cross. Why? Because, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish by have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

So let me ask you today – What will you do with Jesus, who is called the Christ?


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