What Will You Do with Jesus?

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 27:22-26

Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah? (v. 22)

There is a famous oil painting – “Christ Before Pilate.” Helmeted Roman soldiers, spears horizontal, are keeping back the crowd. Pharisees are stroking their beards, looking smug and satisfied. In the crowd there are people shaking their fists at Jesus, their faces twisted with hate. Jesus himself stands bleeding, head bowed, hands bound. But the fascinating thing about the painting, and what distinguishes it from almost all other paintings that depict scenes from the life of Christ, is that Jesus is not the main character on the canvas. The main character is a man seated on a marble throne. His face is clouded with perplexity, and his hands are twisting nervously. Clearly, he doesn’t know what to do. You can almost hear him say it: “What shall I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

The question echoes down through the ages. What will you do with Jesus? You have to do something. You can’t shift responsibility for the decision onto someone else. Pilate tried that. He sent Jesus off to King Herod. But Jesus comes right back. You can’t wash your hands of him. Pilate tried that, too. You must decide.

Have you decided? Don’t put off the most important decision of a lifetime. Accept Christ for who he is – your Savior and Lord!

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, I commit all that I am and have to you.