(Matthew 27:22a)


   Matthew 27:11-22 An old familiar bible story that is probably read thousands of times each year by thousands of people during their bible time. However, as we will see, it is the fundamental question every person, like Pilate, will have to answer during their life time. Most will ignore the question in hopes that it will somehow go away. Many try to let someone else answer the question for them in hopes that leaving it up to others will somehow take personal responsibility away from them. But lingering down the road is another thought provoking scripture (Hebrews 9:27) that tells every person that a day or a time is coming when each of us will have to answer the all consuming question what shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?




   John 3:16 He offers eternal life to all who will believe on Him.

   John 10:10 He offers everyone that trusts in Him an abundant life.

   Romans 10:9, 13 He gives us the simplest of conditions as to how we can appropriate eternal life.

   I Corinthians 6:11 Once we accept Jesus as Savior He offers us permanent cleansing, never to tried in the courts of heaven for our sins because He has justified the believer and our sins are gone forever.

   John 14:2 He offers us an eternal home in heaven, a place called The New Jerusalem where the believers will live forever (Rev. 21).




   Matthew 27:24 Like Pilate did when confronted with Jesus some try to have others make the decision for them in hopes of not having to decide for themselves in order to have someone to blame.

   Matthew 12:30 Those that will not make up their own mind unfortunately will actually be making the wrong decision because in not taking a stand they are really saying NO.

   Acts 17:32 As we see Paul departing from Mars Hill after preaching the Gospel to many we find most of the people mocking and laughing at the precious message of redemption. Today most turn away from the Gospel message laughing and joking and wondering what all the fuss is about.

   Acts 24:25 Many today will listen and react as Governor Felix did when Paul preached Jesus to him.

   Acts 26:27-28 King Agippa knew the story and was convicted in his heart that Paul's preaching was correct about Jesus but like Felix he decided to wait and put off the Holy Spirit convicting power.




   Hebrews 1-2, 9-12 What we all should be doing is get finished with the baby things of being a Christian and move on to the weightier things like serving and doing something for Christ and others.

   II Peter 3:18 At the end of this his final Epistle, Peter exhorts these believers to continue to grow 

in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. The only way to grow is to move beyond what we have done or what we are doing to bigger and greater deeds for the Lord and His church.

   Philippians 2:1-8 The Apostle Paul wrote this from his jail cell to believers that were probably discouraged to learn of his imprisonment. He exhorts them to develop the mindset of sacrifice and service to others thus giving Paul a fulfilled joy.