What Shall I
Do With Jesus?
Pontius Pilate was in a
fix. As a Roman governor, he had witnessed many struggles;
he had organized many battles. But the struggle and the
battle in which Pilate was engaged that day when the Lord
Jesus Christ was brought for trial were the most momentous
and difficult of all.
The battleground was
Pilate's own heart and conscience. He felt himself being
pushed into a corner, forced to take a decision which he
would rather have shirked. Thus it was from the depths of a
very anguished heart that he cried, "What shall I do then
with Jesus which is called Christ?" (Matthew 27:22).
That is a great question,
for it crystallizes not merely the dilemma of Pilate, but
the dilemma of every sinner.
An Analysis of
It is an individual
"What shall I do with
Jesus?" It is personal. "Everyone of us shall give account
of himself to God" (Romans 14:12).
It is an important
"What shall I do then
with Jesus?" You are not considering what you will do
with the church or with some preacher, or with some person
you may look upon as a hypocrite. You are dealing with the
Lord Jesus Christ. The question of what you will do with
Jesus is important because of who He is.
He is your
Creator. "All things were made by Him; and without
Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3).
He is your
Sustainer. "By Him all things consist [hang
together]" (Colossians 1:17). He is "upholding all
things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).
He is the only One
who can save sinners. "Neither is there salvation in
any other, for there is none other name under heaven
given among men whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
God has "appointed a day, in the which He will judge the
world by that Man [Jesus]" (Acts 17:31).
Since the Lord Jesus
Christ is your Creator and Sustainer, the very Son of God,
who alone can save your soul? You will one day soon face Him
as your Judge; the question of what you do with Him is of
It is an
You cannot avoid the
question. It demands action. It demands decision. It demands
a choice to be made. For Pilate, that choice was the crowd
or Christ; his job or Christ (he imagined he would come
under Caesar's disfavor if he came down on the side of
Christ). For the crowd of Jews at Pilate's judgment hall,
the choice was between Barabbas--a thief, a murderer, and a
leader of sedition--and Christ. Those choices never really
alter with the passage of time. It is still the same for
you. If you go the way of the crowd; if you are governed
by the favor of the ungodly, you will reject Christ. But
if you are wise, you will at once decide the issue in favor
of the Lord Jesus. "What shall I do then with Jesus, which
is called Christ?"
An Answer to
You must be for
Christ or against Him (Matthew 12:30).
You must love
Him or hate Him (Matthew 6:24).
You must receive
Him or reject Him (John 1:11,12).
You must crown
Him or crucify Him afresh (Hebrews 6:4-6)
You must confess
Him or deny Him.
"That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).
shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before
my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me
before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is
in heaven" (Matthew 10:32, 33). In other words, what do
you do with Jesus now, He will do with you on the judgment
Face the question, "What
shall I do then with Jesus, which is called Christ?" Be sure
to answer it by turning right now to receive Christ as your
Savior and your Lord.
If you have any questions
about what you have read, please
Taken from "What
Shall I Do With Jesus?", published by Let the Bible Speak.