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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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"Life's Most Important Question"

Message summary: Pilate's question, "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" is the most important question each of us will answer. In one sense this question is dealt with when we receive Christ as our Savior, but there's another sense that it's an ongoing daily question. Today we have a choice whether or not to submit to the Lordship and Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We pray that each reader will choose to do so. We proclaim again today, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!"

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"What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" (Matthew 27:22).

Today we all deal with a lot of questions. Many are minor and routine. Some questions are addressed to us and verbalized by others. "Do you want sugar and cream?" A few years back, "Paper or plastic?" "Do you want fries with that?" Some we ask or are working through on our own. And the list goes on and on.

There are huge questions that can easily be overlooked amidst the hustle and bustle of life. But today let us consider life's most important question, the biggest one of all.

Pilate question to crowd
The daily text is a question that Pilate asked the crowd at the time of the Lord's trial. Pilate had seen the flimsy evidence. He had heard the cautions of his wife. In examining the text one can detect a wavering in Pilate's own personal convictions. But rather than act on principle he polled the crowd (politicians haven't changed much have they?) and the majority cried out, "Crucify Him!"

I consider Pilate's question and see it as a fitting expression of the question every single individual must deal with. Itís life's most important question. It's already worded in the first person singular so everyone merely needs to personalize it and make it their own question: "What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"

Pilate was confronted face to face with the divine Son of God. In one way or another all reading this are being confronted and probably have been many times. We will simply be unable to use the excuse, "But I didn't know."

Responses to this question, "What shall I do?" vary from outright rejection to ignoring, to procrastinating, to compartmentalized religious lip service. Do you relate to any of these responses?

The Christ The only acceptable answer that pleases God is to express the essence of Peter's great confession of faith concerning who Jesus is, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." This genuine heartfelt confession will lead to a daily submission to the Lordship of Jesus.

Jesus came into the world "to seek and to save that which was lost" but was violently rejected by many and He continues to be rejected today, often violently. This is also true of His followers including some who are reading this today. The apostle John wrote, "He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). And for the last 2,000 years men and women continue to be confronted with the choice whether to receive or reject Christ.

QuestionPilate's question, "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" is the most important question each of us will answer. In one sense this question is dealt with when we receive Christ as our Savior, but there's another sense that it's an ongoing daily question. Today we have a choice whether or not to submit to the Lordship and Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We pray that each reader will choose to do so. We proclaim again today, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!"

Jesus, Oh Je-sus
Do you know Him today?
Please don't turn Him a-way
O Jesus, my Je-sus,
Without Him how lost I would be.


Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we have been given the gift of salvation through the birth, death and resurrection of our Savior. Thank You for the free will given to us that allows us to reject or receive this "Jesus, who is called Christ." When given the choice we like Peter respond, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." We go to the Rock of our salvation, our hope for all eternity. Amen.



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Without Him"  Click to watch on YouTube  Jake Hess, Wesley Pritchard, Woody Wright, George Younce and Hovie Lister

'Pilate & Jesus' (from the Epic Motion Picture 'Son of God') 
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