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August
18
2019

Pilate's Decision

Each of us have decisions to make every day.  Some of those decisions are simple while others are life changing.  Please read Matthew 27:15-25. Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent of insurrection, that his kingdom was not of this world, that he was a righteous man who testified to the truth. Pilate’s decision to not acquit Jesus and set him free had eternal consequences not only for him but for all of us.  Pilate knew that the religious leaders envied Jesus. Envy is aroused by the displeasure of seeing someone else have what you don’t want them to have. The religious leaders were envious and jealous of Jesus because of those following him.  They wanted to put him to death because people were following him and not them.  Jesus was anointed by his Father as the Son of God to accomplish redemption for humanity.  When God anoints someone, they receive their authority from him to accomplish what it is he has called them to accomplish.  We see this in the Old Testament with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Prophets and the Kings of Judah.  The psalmist writes this, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15) Pilate has to make a decision concerning Jesus who is God’s anointed Son, Prophet, Priest and King. Pilate’s decision to go with the people’s choice and the religious leader’s choice to set Barabbas free and to crucify Jesus is going to bring harm not only to himself but also to the those who accepted the responsibility of Pilate’s decision. Pilate is guilty of murdering Jesus!  In doing so Isaiah 53 is being fulfilled word for word.  This is good news for us because Jesus would die as the innocent, sinless substitute on the cross providing substitutionary atonement for our sin debt against God.  If you are hurting today, know that Jesus knows what you are going through.  If you are broken, which we all go through some sort of brokenness along the way in life because we live in a broken world, Jesus knows and is going through this brokenness with you. If you are struggling with sin in your life like Barabbas, Pilate and the religious leaders and the rest of us, there is hope for you. You can have a changed life through having a change of heart concerning your sin against God and others. You can turn away from sin, admit your sin to Jesus and surrender your life to him. When you turn to Jesus, know that he died on the cross for your sins, that he was buried, and that on the third day God raised him back to life from the grave on the third day. When we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that God did this and submit to Jesus, he will set a person in a right relationship with himself and make you a new person in Christ Jesus. Just like Pilate you have a decision to make concerning Jesus.   

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