The Question That Can’t Be Avoided

When the Roman governor Pontius Pilate was faced with Jesus, he didn’t know what to do. He did not find him guilty of any crime. His wife warned him not to have anything to do with this righteous man because she had suffered much because of him in a dream.

At the Feast of the Passover Pilate had the custom of releasing a prisoner. That year, a notorious prisoner was Barabbas. Pilate asked if he should release Barabbas or Jesus. The crowd chose Barabbas.

Then came the question of the ages, the question every human being must answer:

What shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?

“Let him be crucified!” shouted the crowd.

And Jesus was crucified! He took the punishment of our sins upon him. Hundreds of years before, the prophet Isaiah foretold the sacrificial death of Jesus.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace
was upon him, and
by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:5,6

Nobody can escape the question. You might deny Jesus. You might not believe in him. You might completely deny the existence of God. But one day, everyone will have to acknowledge Jesus and bow before him.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Mary Magdalene answered the question. She was set free of the seven demons that tormented her. After being delivered of this torment, she traveled with Jesus helping to take care of his needs. When Jesus was sent to the cross, she was there watching everything that happened to her dear Savior. She saw Joseph of Arimathea take his body down from the cross and she saw the grave where he put him.

Joseph also answered the question, although he did not want to publicly acknowledge that he was Jesus’ disciple. But when Jesus died on the cross he made public his faith. He laid Jesus in his own new tomb. Nicodemus helped him. He’s the religious leader that sought out Jesus by night, also a secret disciple.

The disciples answered the question and decided to follow Jesus, but after the crucifixion they must have felt miserable. Their Master, the hope of the world, was dead, buried by strangers, guarded by soldiers from the Roman army.

The disciples kept themselves under locked doors, maybe fearful that the religious leaders would do to them what had happened to Jesus. Judas the betrayer had hanged himself. Peter was devastated because he had disowned the Savior.

Mary’s dreams were shattered. Her beloved Master was dead. She had watched strangers bury Jesus. Who were those strangers? Mary had watched every move. She had put so much hope in Jesus—now her dreams had died. But one thing was for sure. She was not going back to her old life. What Jesus had done for her was beyond description. To be free from the tormenting spirits was out of this world. The least she could do was anoint his body. That would be her last farewell.

Early on Sunday morning Mary and some other women went to the tomb. What a surprise when they arrived and found it open! The stone had been rolled away.

Two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning gave them the news that Jesus was alive.

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:5-7

Then they remembered his words.

Risen! Alive! Mary ran as fast as her legs would carry her. She knew where to find the disciples, all huddled up grieving their Lord.

“Peter! John! He’s gone! Someone has taken him. An angel said he’s alive!”

Peter and John also ran as fast as their legs would carry them. John, the youngest, arrived first at the grave, but Peter was the one to enter, not to a sepulcher like we are used to, but a cave.

What a sight! The grave clothed lay there neatly folded, as if someone had stepped out of them. They hurried back to the others. What could this mean?

Mary Magdalene stayed behind. A man she thought was the gardener approached her.

“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

“Mary!”

That was all it took. The voice of her Teacher—unmistakable. Her Teacher! Her Rabboni!

“Go tell my brothers,” Jesus told her.

Once again, Mary was off running. “I have seen the Lord!” was her message. No one could take that away from her. And no one can take that away from you and me. To meet the risen Savior, to have him call your name—nothing compares to that!

Mary was in the forefront of millions that throughout the centuries have proclaimed,

“I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!”

Pontius Pilates question cannot be avoided:

What shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?

Mary, Peter, John, Joseph, Nicodemus, and millions through the ages have chosen to follow the Master of Galilee. It is wiser to bow the knee before him here, when there is time to repent and accept him as Lord and Savior, than to deny him now and have to bow before him when it’s too late.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!

How will you answer the universal question:

What shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?

 

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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