What Shall I Do Then With Jesus?
by Dennis Michelson
1. Judas Betrayed Him (Matt. 26:47-49)
"What will you give me" (26:15) Jesus did not fit the job description of what a messiah ought to be. Judas followed Christ for personal benefit.
2. Peter Denied Him (26:69-75)
"I know not the man" (26:74) Peter was willing to fight but was not ready to die. Peter followed Christ until the price became too high.
3. Pilate Delivered Him (27:26)
"I am innocent of the blood of this just person" (27:24) Pilate would not listen to his conscience or his wife. He delivered Christ to protect his political position.
4. Soldiers Mocked Him (27:29-32)
"Hail King of the Jews" (27:29) They "made" Jesus into a king rather than recognizing he was already a King. They knew about him but did not know him.
5. Herod "Welcomed" Him (Luke 23:8-9)
"He questioned with him in many words" (23:9) Herod was interested in what Jesus might do, rather than who Jesus was. When Jesus would not perform then Herod dismissed him.
6. Disciples Forsook Him (Matthew 26:56)
What would it take for you to forsake Him?
7. Chief Priests and Elders Crucified Him (27:1)
"Crucify Him" Ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus? Behold the blinding force of false religion.
8. Roman Soldier Confessed Him (27:54)
"Truly this was the Son of God" The same events which produced fear in many resulted in faith in some.
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