What Will You Do with Jesus?
Day: 36 | Plan: Matthew
Today's Reading: Matthew 27:1-31
Matthew 27:22 (NIV) “‘What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ Pilate asked.”
After His betrayal and arrest, Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin, which was the religious ruling council of the Jews. During the night, Jesus was illegally tried and by daybreak He had been falsely condemned.
Because Jerusalem was under Roman rule, only a Roman governor could enforce a death sentence. So the Sanhedrin immediately transferred Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, to be tried.
Pilate was astounded by Jesus’ silence before His accusers.
Pilate recognized this was a religious matter and quickly discerned Jesus was not guilty of any crime. He knew envy was the real reason the Jews wanted Jesus put to death. His own wife even warned him Jesus was innocent.
Pilate knew the right choice was to release Jesus, but he lacked the courage to take a stand. Instead, he let the crowd decide. They could release Barabbas, who was a notorious prisoner, or release Jesus.
The crowd chose to release Barabbas and crucify Jesus. Pilate was stuck. He let the pressure of the crowd trap him.
Instead of asking the crowd, “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” (Matthew 27:22), Pilate should have stopped to ask himself that question.
Clearly, Pilate should have listened to the truth and not the crowd. He should have bowed his life in humble submission to Jesus. He should have refused to cower under the pressure of the situation. Instead, Pilate listened to the crowd.
We have the same choice. In every conversation, every decision, every trial we face, we are responsible for what we do with Jesus. Will we listen to the truth or the crowd?
Whispers of betrayal and denial from the culture around us have grown louder. The shouts to crucify Him are intensifying.
As we begin our day let’s stop and ask ourselves, “What shall I do with Jesus?”
Prayer: Father, I confess I have felt trapped by the crowd. I’ve had times in my life when I’ve cowered under pressure. Today, as conversations or trials or decisions present themselves give me the courage to respond in a way that will glorify Jesus. When I’m not sure, stop me. Remind me to seek Your wisdom and not the wisdom of the crowd. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I cannot help but wonder what Barabbas did with Jesus?
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