One morning I was listening to a sermon. The first scripture read was Matthew 27:22. Jesus had been brought to Pilate and the scriptures record that Pilate said, “what shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” BAM!!! I had been sitting comfortably listening to the preacher and the scripture hit me. HIT me. Hit ME!
Now I want a preacher to deliver God’s Word and deliver it how God wants him to deliver it. That means there should be times my toes are stepped on. I like happy sermons. We need them. But if every sermon was a feel good happy sermon I might love coming to church every Sunday, but I wouldn’t be growing very much. And I want to grow. Second Peter chapter 3 verse 18 says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
Anyway, back to the sermon. I’ve heard this scripture before. Lots of times. You can count on it being read every year at least once if not many times during the Sunday’s leading up to Easter. And we will all shake our heads and say something like, “That Pilate. He knows what he should do, but when the rubber hits the road, he is passing the buck to someone else.” And then we go on to the next part of the sermon and forget all about Pilate’s words. This morning however, the words repeated over and over in my head. We know that scripture…the sacred writings of God’s Word, are profitable for our teaching and training to equip us for God’s work. (2Timothy 3:16-17) And the Word said to me when I read them over, “What shall I, (me personally!) do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”
God has given us a wonderful gift! Salvation from our sins, hope for eternal life. Wow! Now what am I going to do with that? I can sit and think about Jesus all day. The joy, the peace, the love, the hope. I mean, think about the time Jesus said to let the children come to Him. Ahhh, sweet.
“What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” Oh. Yeah. The scripture. Well, I do try to make sure others know I believe in God you know. And I’m willing to help out in different activities. It is so much fun to participate. I love helping, especially when I can…..wait! What am I hearing?
WHAT SHALL I DO THEN WITH JESUS WHICH IS CALLED CHRIST?!!!! Ok, I’m getting it. God has given me a wonderful gift. You can’ take it away from me, because God gave it. I didn’t have to earn it. But God wants me to grow. Sometimes that means I can enjoy the happy blessings of this world. God wants us to be happy and enjoy His blessings. Sometimes that means I should do something I may not enjoy as much. Not because God tells me I HAVE to do, but because I WANT to, because I love God so much, and I want to grow. Sometimes I have to step outside of my comfort zone, but God will help me. His Word tells me so. (Philippians 4:13) When I read God’s Word, I need to realize the Word is speaking to me. The Word is not telling me what someone else needs to do, but is talking to me. ME! How cool is that! So God is asking me what I am going to do with Jesus, which is called Christ. What am I going to do with this wonderful gift God has given me? It might not always be easy, but God will help me, and it will be spiritually rewarding. God, what will You have me do with Jesus, which is called Christ? I want to grow!
Maybe you want to read that scripture for yourself and see what God is saying to you? Think about it, in a quiet moment.