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October 19, 2014 | What Will You Do With Jesus? (SERIES: When Jesus Is Not Who You Think - Part 3)

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Matthew 27:11-17, 21-24

 


The basic question in the Christian faith is “Who is Jesus?”  Having answered that basic question, we are faced with a second important question: “What then should I do with Jesus?”  If Jesus is truly the Savior, then our response to Him as a Person is a matter of eternal consequences.

 

“Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

 

“Barabbas,” they answered.

“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

 

 

Three things about this question:

 

  1. It is a personal question: You cannot escape your responsibility.
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  3. It is an urgent question. To postpone the decision would only make an affirmative decision in the future more difficult.
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  5. It is a consequential question.  Everything depends on the decision we make about Jesus.

 

 

Three Responses to the Question.

 

  1. You can try to put him away.
  2.  
  3. You can try to put him off.  The longer we delay, the harder it becomes to accept the Master.
  4.  
  5. You can try to put Him aside.

 

 

Accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord.

 

  1. Put Him On.
  2.  
    1. Gal. 3:27 - “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
    2.  
    3. Rom. 13:14 - “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ....”
    4.  
  3. Put Him First.
    1.  

 

Jesus is in your hands today.  Don’t try to put Him away for that is impossible.  Don’t try to put Him off, for that is dangerous.  Don’t try to put Him aside, for that is foolish.  Put Him on and put Him first.

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