Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. Matthew 27:22
You all know the story - all you who are familiar with this, the crucifixion of Christ our Saviour. Before this, Judas hung himself because of what he did. He betrayed Jesus Christ into the hands of the wicked chief priests and the elders. These men were evil, wicked and heathen. They even allowed Barabbas to be set free, and in turn crucified Christ Himself who did nothing to warrant such punishment. All these pagan heathen fools really wanted very much was His death. But old Pilate, in his so-called righteousness, said he was 'innocent of the blood of this just person', when if fact, he was nothing but a hypocrite who just passed Christ off to the priests and elders to make it look like he was innocent. But, Pilate was not innocent. He was much as guilty as the elders and priests.
In reality, we know exactly that the Lord God Himself allowed His Son to be crucified. Man's salvation is the real purpose. God's great love is the reason. Now, after what God had done unselfishly, let us, therefore, look at some things considering YOU. SO, what will you do with Jesus as the New Year is upon us? What will you do with Him whom you call your own? Will you continue to strip Him of what He has done for you in allowing you to live one more day out of His mercy (Matthew 27:28)? Will you put on Him a robe again to judge, condemn and see to it that He is nailed to the cross one more time out of your self-righteousness and pride? They stripped him off more than two thousand years ago. Will most of you strip Jesus one more time as you live a self-declared Christian life each day or the so called “christian life” (x-tian) because you refuse, deny and reject Him and His deity one more day? You actually abhor and hate Him, if you were living that way. If Jesus would have come again to earth, you would have crucified Him one more time! The only reason He would have never been crucified in the first place is if He compromised and preached not the truth. But He did. Which is why He was crucified and killed by you? Because of your pride, filth, rebellion and liberal mind, YOU put Him to death. Well, again and again, too. We all did! The “scarlet” robe you wear is your indignation. You won't rip apart what is seamless because of self. 'They stripped him'. Have you done the same? Do you strip again the Christ who died for you? Have you put Him on trial to once again kill Him, the one who came to earth to save you from a burning flame in hell?
Have you again put on His head a crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29)? Of course you do. You do that after you slap and beat Him. Because of the hate some of you have towards Him who wants to save you, you resist Him much and won't budge either. You, in all your pride and conceit, bury that crown of thorn IN His head with force. Yes, stinking PRIDE and CONCEIT do that to Him! With pain, He cries for you to come to Him, yet many of you won't because of the profaning of Him in His holy temple. You constantly curse Him because He came into the world to save us all. He came into the world to save sinners, not to condemn all. (Maybe you do not even know these.)
As HIS blood runs again down His face, does it run down yours, too? Or do you wipe it off so you won't confess your sins, repent and ask Him to save your hide from a burning inferno? Have you any tears at all reading Matthew 27 of the Holy Scripture? Have you any emotion for the ONE who bled and died for you? Or are you still full of bitterness and hatred towards the Lord Jesus Christ who died for you? Yes, YOU! So that you may live! Have you reached out to touch the One who can save you, if you are not saved from hell? Or are you still biding your time graciously and dumb waiting? One day late may be too late for you friend.
Why do you again mock and spit on Him? We all have, whether we think we have not (Matthew 27:30 - And they spit upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head). What will YOU do with Jesus this New Year? Will you accept Him as your personal Saviour or will you wait for tomorrow? Tomorrow may never come. One day late can be the difference between heaven and hell.
Spitting upon Him again is the most insulting thing to do against our Saviour. The Jews and Romans did that dirty and evil deed before as they were filled with the devil. But, the act is purposely done by multitude today! Most of you still do it. By spitting on Him, you reject and deny His truth in His Word. By smiting or beating and hitting Him, you reject Him in who He is, what He had done, and what He can do for you if you put your trust and faith in Him. You beat and spit on Him all over again year after year continuously thinking nothing of it. I myself have been punched and sucker punched by people before for absolutely no reason. It did not feel good and it downright hurt. They were cruel. But, this continued unremorseful abuse of our Saviour even more today means these people rely on their stinking religion to save them (go to heaven), yet will not. Never!
We are a great lot, aren't we? Many preachers are exactly the same as those under them although many don't seem to see it. None, I say NONE, are exempt from the bloodthirstiness of man. He is becoming lower than an animal and things in this world are getting no better, regardless what others may say. It is getting worse. The crucifying of our Saviour, people do it all year round and every day. No wonder God is full of fury, wrath, anger, and hatred for sin the way the world is. He will come back soon and will settle once and for all we have intentionally made great mess to Him or even forget doing for Him. HE will then be truly worshiped and praised. Every rotten, rebellious evil's knee then will bow and every filthy tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
Isaiah 50:6 - I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Again, what will YOU do with Jesus this coming New Year? Have you ever allowed others to smack you and spit on you even for once? Would you like me to belt you in the mouth for no reason at all? Fork and spit all over you? You would probably kill me or do it back to me. I know you would because you are evil and you have absolutely no grace or tolerance. What do you think Christ experienced? He had it all more than what we insignificant peons of people may even suffer. He did not hide from shame, but we would. He allowed all these to happen to Him, yet none of us ever would. Just for instance, you would allow someone to slap you. Surely, he would feel the rage in you building up as you would hit him back. Christ did not, but we surely would.
Isaiah 52:14 - As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men. He was beaten to death by all of YOU. His Father allowed this to happen, too (Isaiah 53:10).
But, man got his hands on the One who did nothing to mankind except to tell the gospel truth. Like today, too many don’t like the truth, and countless hates the Lord Jesus. This is why the world is the way it is today. This is also why man is the way he is today. Man has sunken lower than animals. Our Lord Jesus was beaten, brutalized and His body was ripped off apart more than any human alive could have experienced. Everything was done for all of us to save us from destruction (1 Timothy 1:15). How ungrateful we are!
Why don’t you take time and read Isaiah 53? Study it. See what it says and dwell in it with your mind until you can understand it. Let it drive home what it really tells you. So many just read and say, 'it is so sad'. For them it's just ‘other little things’. So it was the way it was, a pathetic story. How about YOU? Do you get utterly, emotionally sad and upset? Do you cry? Do you feel remorse and filthy after “crucifying” again our Saviour? No doubt you don't. Again, read it and study it wholeheartedly. This time, you may even be changed or have some pretty change of mind. Or would you still like to be beaten beyond recognition where no one wouldn't ever be able to recognize you or know who you are before you will feel it? That suffering happened to only one man in history and it may happen if He may allow Himself to come again. Yet, the same things would be the effect on the great masses. People would even do to our Saviour worse things than ever before. All would scourge, mock, spit, beat, rip apart the body, and again kill the one who came to save them from hell. Sad, sad unremorseful world! Again and again, I pause this big question: What will YOU do with Christ this New Year? Proclaim Him? Serve Him and others? Witness to others? Or continue to kill Him spiritually and in other ways, too?
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH CHRIST?
(c) Mike Carey; December, 2011