1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Text of INTRODUCTION In Mk 15:1-15, we read of Jesus before Pontius Pilate
1And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so." 3And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you." 5But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 6Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9And he answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" 10For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" 13And they cried out again, "Crucify him." 14And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him." 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
INTRODUCTIONIn Mk 15:1-15, we read of Jesus before Pontius Pilate While Jesus admitted to being the King of the Jews, He refused to answer the accusations of the chief priests and elders - Mk 15:5His silence caused Pilate to marvel greatly - Mk 15:6Pilate sought to release Jesus, but the multitude asked for Barabbas instead - Mk 15:9-11Which prompted Pilate to ask the question: "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" - Mk 15:12Pilate's question, "What then shall I do with Jesus?", is one that every person must ask...Many would prefer to ignore itMany try to let others make the choice (as did Pilate)But it is a question from which we cannot run away...We shall all one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ - 2 Cor 5:10
And so each one of us should be asking ourselves, "What Then Shall I Do With Jesus?" To help answer this question, consider another question...
WHAT HAS JESUS OFFERED YOU?JESUS HAS PROVIDED THE CHANCEFor an abundant life, filled with true peace - Jn 10:10To find salvation - Lk 19:10To enjoy cleansing from sin through His blood - 1 Jn 1:7JESUS HAS PROCLAIMED THE CONDITIONSWe must believe in Him - Jn 8:24We must repent of our sins - Lk 13:3We must confess our faith before men - Rom 10:9-10We must remain faithful even to death - Rev 2:10JESUS HAS PREDETERMINED THE ALTERNATIVESReject Him, and we will die in our sins to face the terrible consequences - 2 Th 1:7-9Believe in Him, and we receive everlasting life - Jn 5:24
Having consider what Jesus has offered us, we return to our original question...
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS?WHAT SOME HAVE TRIED TO DO...Pilate tried to pass the choice on to others - Mk 15:15Are we guilty of doing something similar today?Trying to let others decide for us what we will do or believe about Jesus?Some in Athens simply mocked - Acts 17:32Many take this route in what they do with JesusRather than make the effort to decide what they should do, they simply laughFelix tried to wait for a more convenient time - Acts 24:25This is another common reaction, hoping that through delay, they will not have to make the choice, but we cannot escape the fact that we will one day be judged by Him - Acts 17:30-31WHAT WE SHOULD DO...Accept His gracious offer of salvation by obeying Him - Heb 5:9Become His disciples, committed to His commands - Mt 28:19-20Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ - 2 Pet 3:18Walk in Him, well-established in the faith - Col 2:6-7Develop the mind of Christ, the attitude of sacrifice and service - Ph 2:1-8
CONCLUSIONWe have seen the feeble attempt by Pilate and others to answer the question "What Then Shall I Do With Jesus?Let us not think we can answer the question by...Simply ignoring HimSimply not doing anything actively against HimFor as Jesus said on another occasion: "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. - Mt 12:30
Jesus has given us every reason to accept and obey Him as our Savior and Lord. If you have not yet done so, will you not today respond to His gracious invitation to receive eternal life?