Morning: Matt. 27:15-28; Noon: 1 Kin. 16:15-18:46; Evening: Psa. 74:1-8
“What then shall I do with Jesus?” said Pilate. That is a question we all should be asking one another. It’s one of those college campus questions I would be curious to go around asking. I’m sure we would find a wide variety of responses. But at the very core we would only find three kinds of answers: reject Him, accept Him, or undecided. Three kinds of answers which we also find in Jesus’ own time.
Religious elites like the Scribes, Pharisees, Chief Priests, and Elders, all said to reject Him. “Let Him be crucified,” were their exact words. Though the Christ already be dead and risen, some in essence would still advise the same course of action, that He simply be dead to you in heart and mind. Atheists like Richard Dawkins would even argue that He never lived, and that the Bible is a mythological book with fanciful stories only meant to guide and counsel one’s moral compass, though he himself would surely dispute the purity of the Bible’s moral teaching.
Others, however, would surely say to accept Him. When the Jews heard Peter’s preaching on the day of Pentecost concerning Jesus of Nazareth, they said, “What shall we do?” Peter said to accept Him. “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” were his exact words (Acts 2:38). Many today would declare the same. Some of whom are much like Peter, entrenched in a former religion, some Jews, some Muslim, some Atheists, some Buddhists. One young woman recently reported by a certain media outlet converted from Islam to Christianity, and was banned from her home upon returning with her good news. Now she lives with another Muslim family, keeping her faith secret for the time, lest she suffer further persecution.
Then there would be those who would sincerely say that they are unsure. Pilate most certainly fell into this camp. “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” were his exact words. Words of uncertainty. Words of indecision. Pilate’s own wife, moved by the fear of a dream, said “have nothing to do with that just Man.” In other words, remain neutral, and do neither good nor bad with Him. Most people today, like Pilate, would probably consider this to be the safe zone. Pilate seemed to think so after releasing Jesus to the Jews saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.” But a safe zone it was not, for Pilate, along with Herod, and the rest of the Jews, would find his name listed among those who took their stand against the Christ (Acts 4:27).
Pilate’s question was a good question. It was an important question. It’s a question we all should be asking. The failure was not in asking the question. The failure was in whom Pilate ultimately sought the answer. Pilate sought the answer in man, and not in God. That is why Peter on the day of Pentecost emphasized from the very start that Jesus was a Man “attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs.” God Himself gave answer to what you and I should do with Jesus, and it is in God that we should find the answer. The ball is in your court now. You eternal destiny rests with your answer. Neutral you cannot be.
What will you do with Jesus?