April 15, 2014

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?'”

 Matthew 27:22

Over 2,000 years ago, a man named Pilate asked the most important question ever to be asked: “What shall I do with this man?”

Standing before him was an itinerant preacher. There was nothing remarkable about His looks. He had no wealth – not even a home of His own. Yet, He had gained the attention of a large crowd, but only a few committed followers. Somehow, this man, this teacher, from the middle of nowhere, was now the facing the unmitigated hatred of those who once praised His name.

Pilate asked the mob, “What shall I do with this man?” As the mob shouted for His execution, the man, Jesus Christ, remained silent as Pilate cowardly sentenced Him to death on the cross.

Why is the question Pilate asked so important? Because it’s one we all must ask ourselves. What shall I do with this man, Jesus? Who is this Jesus? Who do I believe Him to be?

Jesus ultimately went to the cross, an innocent man – because of His love for you and me. And just like the crowd who turned their back on Jesus, sending Him to the cross, Jesus loves us as He did them – even when we couldn’t care less about Him. Jesus cared enough to pay the penalty for our sin, so that we might have life through Him.

What will you do with Jesus?