Saturday, March 10, 2007

What Would You Have Done?

“But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar.” John 19:15

Let’s pretend that you are living in Jerusalem at the time of Christ. You’re all excited because this is the time of year when a lot of people are in town for the biggest feast of the year, the Passover. Many of your friends and relatives have come in and you’re having a great time. Then you hear something about this King that has been traveling around the country for a few years and everywhere he goes, people talk of seeing great miracles. But also, he seems to have gotten the priest and scribes all up in arms. You go to the temple faithfully because it not only shows you are a decent person, but that you are somewhat of a patriot because this is the Jews religion and you’re a Jew.

Then the morning of the Passover, you go out with your friends and things seem to be in kind of an uproar. People are going to a place just outside the town gate and they seem pretty upset. “Why not follow them,” you say. As you get closer to see what the commotion is all about, you see the one they call the King and he looks in pretty rough shape. He’s bleeding and someone is carrying a cross beside him. Then you see Pilate and you marvel that he’s out there so early in the morning.

Then Pilate is trying to talk the people out of demanding the King’s execution but they won’t have it but keep crying, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Then suddenly you get all caught up in it too and you start yelling the same thing the rest are yelling, yet part of you is saying within yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Still, you keep yelling.

Finally, you shout with the rest that dreadful statement, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” Matthew 27:25 You then see him laid down on the cross and nails go into his hands and feet. The cross is raised. You watch for a long time but after a while your heart begins to sink. It gets dark and you decide to go home.

If Christ is not in your heart my friend, you are the one above. You may not have been in the crowd but you are still in the dark. Yes, we were all born into sin and we all had a part of crucifying the King, but many have found that he has risen and it’s a new day. Are you still in the dark? Come to know Christ as Savior and ask him into your heart so save you from your sins. Remember one thing. He’s a perfect gentleman and will not come into your life until you ask.

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