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Have Nothing to Do With That Righteous Man

April 13, 2016

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Have Nothing  to Do  With That Righteous Man

Decisions,  decisions!     Sometimes  we have the most troubling decision  to make.     It has  to be made.     What shall we choose?     Which way should we go?     What will happen  IF…….?     But,  on the other hand,  what will happen IF…….?

This advisor  says this.     That advisor  says that.     My personal sense  of the whole situation says…….     But,  there are so many others  loudly demanding things  be done  their way!     And yet…….     Auugh!     Get me out  of this mess!

Such was Pilate’s predicament  when the Jews  brought Jesus  to him  to be tried.     Throughout the mock trial  with all sorts  of false witnesses  making downright silly accusations,  it was obvious  to the governor,  Pilate,  that Jesus  had done nothing wrong.     To all the accusations  Jesus made no reply  because they were so obviously contrived  and of no worth  or meaning.

When Pilate questioned Jesus,  “Are You  the King  of the Jews?”  Jesus simply answered,  “It is  as you say.”     It was  an amazing answer  showing certainty  and authority.     Then Pilate  came up  with a plan  that might protect Jesus.     It was  the Roman custom  to free one prisoner  during the Passover,  so Pilate proposed  to the mob  that they could choose  whether he should release Barabbas,  a notorious insurrectionist,  who had committed murder  —  or Jesus,  who claimed  to be King  of the Jews.

The choice  should  have been obvious.     But,  jealousy  does not help one  to be wise  or ashamed  of their sin.

In the mean time,  Pilate’s wife  sent him  an urgent message  recorded  in Matthew 27:19,

Have nothing  to do  with that righteous Man;  for last night  I suffered greatly  in a dream  because of Him.

His wife’s plea  certainly  was convincing  —  or should have been  —  but,  the mob  was calling out  that Barabbas  should be released  for them.     And Jesus?     They could only loudly  and repeatedly scream,  “Let Him  be crucified!”

What would you  have done?

It was a choice  between an obvious right  and an obvious wrong  —  but,  people were screaming  and getting more belligerent  by the moment.

Pilate washed his hands  in front  of everyone  to show his cowardly way out.     He wanted  no blame  for such an evil act.     He had the authority  of the Roman government  to put down  the angry crowd.     But,  in his cowardly fashion  he chose  to do evil  —  so that he could be “popular”  with the people.

Is that  what we choose?     Popularity  over decency  and rightness?

Decisions,  decisions!     We all have  to make them.     Just what should  we do  with this Jesus  who is called  the Christ?

In all  our decision making,  we should consider  Romans 2:16“God will judge  the secrets  of men  through Christ Jesus.”

We might think  we have “power”  to decide  against Jesus today,  but come Judgment Day,  we will be judged  through Him.     How ironic.

It’s especially ironic  in view  of the fact  that Jesus’ whole life  as our Redeemer  has been prophesied  since the Garden  of Eden.     And yet,  people refuse  to look  at the evidence  —  or all the love  that went into keeping those prophesies  —  or even the promises  of eternal life  for all those  who put their faith  in Jesus.

Looking  to Jesus  as our Savior,  Redeemer,  King,  and LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  ever so much  for showing Your truths  to us  and loving us  so much  that You  willingly suffered  for our sins.     Blessed be  Your name forever,  our King!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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