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WHAT SHALL I DO THEN WITH JESUS . . . ?

A judge conducting a trial one day asked this question! The Lord Jesus Christ had been brought to trial by religious Jews and the Roman governor, Pilate, was expected to give the sentence from the evidence presented to him. The testimony of two witnesses was given and the charge was put to Jesus, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” which He confirmed. To the Jews Jesus, who was the Son of God, had broken the Jewish law because He had told them that He was the Son of God but they didn’t believe it nor accept it. To Pilate He had done nothing contrary to the Roman law and therefore saw no cause for punishment.

There was another prisoner held that day, a man called Barabbas who already had been found guilty of murder and condemned to die.

The custom at that particular time was for mercy to be shown to a prisoner by granting them release, so Pilate asked the crowd that had gathered that day who they desired to be released back into their society. They called for Barabbas! Then Pilate asked What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?

To Pilate the question was Personal! It was also a question of Priority! And it was a question that was Pertinent! It was personal because it required a choice that Pilate himself must make. It carried priority because it was required to settle the trial and what would then happen to Jesus. It was pertinent because Pilate stood face to face with the evidence and had to make a decision.


Everyone in the world must ask themselves this same question What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by God to take the punishment for our sin. By His suffering and death He met the demands of a holy and just God. At the Cross the bible states that “the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all”. That means that He because answerable for our sins. He took the place of the guilty party and bore the penalty for the guilty party. In that same passage (Isaiah 53 v 5-6) it tells us that “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed”.

Dear reader you cannot avoid this question What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? As individuals we have sinned against God (Romans 3 v 23). Our sin requires punishment from God. That punishment has been taken by the Lord Jesus Christ who never could sin. If we take our place as guilty before God we realise that we are condemned before God but our punishment has been bore by Another! The Lord Jesus Christ “suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3 v 18). If we never see ourselves as guilty and unjust before God then we can never say that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins but “he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3 v 36).

This question is Personal: are you going to accept that the work of salvation was provided by the Lord Jesus Christ when He died on the Cross and cried “It is finished” (John 19 v 30)? To refuse means that you are prepared to bear the punishment for your sins which will be an eternity, a never-ending forever, in the lake of fire.

This question has Priority: “behold now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6 v 2).

This question is Pertinent: it involves your sin, and your choice and your eternal destination!

Thanks for reading this short message but please ask yourself again...

WHAT WILL YOU DO THEN WITH JESUS WHICH IS CALLED CHRIST? Why not accept Him as your Saviour, the One who bore the penalty of your sin?

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