My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
"What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!”
(Matthew 27:22 NASB)
Pilate had examined this man Jesus and he could find nothing wrong
with him. The people shouted out even louder that they wanted him
crucified. Pilate was frustrated by their response but his question to
them is quite specific. He realized that this man whose name was Jesus,
was also the Christ, and so in his question to them he literally asks
them what do you want me to do with the one who is called your Messiah?
I believe that this question reaches down through time and
confronts us today as well. What are we going to do with Jesus -- the
Messiah? This is the One who was promised to all of mankind -- the One
who came and lived and died to take away the sin of the world. What are
we going to do with the one who sets us free?
Today we may say that we don't crucify him, but maybe we do something
worse -- we ignore him. Yesterday I saw a picture someone posted on
facebook that showed the crowds of people out on Black Friday to go
shopping, and a virtually empty church sanctuary on Sunday. In America,
it seems, we have become passionate about our "stuff," but we have
become dispassionate about our Messiah! Somehow we think that having
enough stuff will make us happy and satisfy us instead of realizing that
Jesus is the solution to the problems and desires and needs of life.
We have to ask ourselves, what will we do with Jesus?
We are heading into the season of advent as we mark the coming of
Jesus into the world. We anticipate his coming and his arrival which
will change everything. But as we enter into this season of the year,
maybe we need to ask, "What will we do with Jesus?" Will Jesus truly be
a part of this season, or will this be a season of Santa, and gift
giving, and cookies, and parties? We can look back on the Jewish folks
of 2000 years ago and complain about how they treated Jesus. How could
those religious people not have truly understood who he was and what he
was doing? Same question for us today. How many of us "religious" folk
have gotten wrapped up in so much of the world that we don't see Jesus
for who he really is. He is the Messiah, he is the Christ, he is the
promised One, he is the hope of earth, he is our only hope! There is
none greater than he -- and so I ask, what will we do with him?
Lord, please forgive me for when I allow the world's attitudes to
encroach in upon me. Today my desire is to embrace Jesus, the Messiah,
the One who has set me free! Amen.