I wanted nothing to do with Him. How could I? After all, I was having fun.
My parents didn’t know Him. Most of my friends didn’t care about Him. I didn’t understand Him and I couldn’t party anymore if I followed Him. So I . . . REJECTED Him!
At the age of thirteen I thought I could do whatever I wanted to. I had a friend and we even sang “I’m thirteen and I can do what I want” to the old tune “I’m Eighteen” by Alice Cooper. We thought we were hot stuff.
One weekend her church had a lock-in for the youth and her mom made us go. I don’t remember the message, the music or even the food, but what I do remember from that night was telling Jesus, “No.” An invitation was given to ask Jesus to come into your heart and I wasn’t ready to do that. I thought, “I have my whole life ahead of me to do that and I don’t want to be a ‘Jesus freak.’” I was having too much fun and didn’t want to change my lifestyle, so in my heart I said “no” to Jesus.
As we continue to look at the life of Jesus leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection, we see there was a point in His life where people had to figure out what they were going to do with Him.
Peter denied Him three times. Judas betrayed Him and the people disowned Him. The chief priests and elders accused Him and Pilate questioned Him. Pilate’s wife even dreamed about Him.
For the sake of time I won’t share the whole scripture, but I hope you will take a moment and read the story. You can find it in Matthew 27:1-31.
The question posed today is, “What do we do with Jesus?”
The Roman Governor Pilate asked the question over 2000 years ago and people are still asking it today.
“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. Matthew 27:22
That particular day the people screamed, “Crucify Him.”
Those who lived at the same time as Jesus didn’t have the end of the story like we do now. Jesus had told them that He was the Son of God and could take away their sins. He told them that He would die and would rise again, but they doubted. They didn’t understand and thought it was blasphemy against God.
People today still don’t understand and we are faced with the question, “What are you going to do with Jesus?
Separation without Him
Do you think it’s easier to believe that Jesus was the Messiah since we have heard the stories all of our life and celebrated Easter every year? If so, then why do so many people still reject and deny Jesus daily?
Do we believe that what Jesus says is true? Do we believe the stories passed down thousands of years by those who saw Jesus, killed Him and saw Him rise again?
We have the option and choice just like the people did 2000 years ago of what we are going to do with Jesus. Here are a few to choose from today:
Dream of Him
Conviction through Him
Forgiveness from Him
Listen to Him
Heaven with Him
For the first 33 years of my life I would not surrender my life to the Lord. Yes, I was thirteen when I foolishly sang that song and then I lived twenty more years without God, where I “could do what I wanted.” But oh, how I wish on that day at that youth event that my decision had been different. My life choices could have steered me down a different road.
Some of my consequences were drug use, family dysfunction, financial issues, and immorality, which led to a crisis and a long dark road in my life. The sin in my first marriage caused the death of my marriage and a broken family. I had the consequence of loneliness and I lost of hope for any reconciliation.
My God wants no one to perish without Him and He gives us many opportunities to believe and receive Him.
I answered the call from Jesus and said “yes” to Him when I was 34 years old and now my life is complete and my eternity is secure. I pray that my life will exalt and glorify Him daily.
What do you believe about Jesus? It’s time to settle that question once and for all. Please leave us a comment so we can pray for you.
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