Friday, October 1, 2021
Life’s Biggest Decision of All
“Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified” (John 19:16 NLT).
Some people are indecisive by nature, but I’m generally not one of those people. In fact, I tend to be overly opinionated. Ask me about anything, and I’ll probably have an opinion about it.
However, sometimes I can be indecisive. This usually involves figuring out what to order at a restaurant. What to order for lunch isn’t a life-altering decision. But there are other decisions that are very important, like choosing a career or deciding whom you’re going to marry.
And the biggest decision of all is what you do with Jesus Christ. There’s no more important decision than this one.
In John’s gospel, we find the story of an indecisive man, someone who let others do his thinking for him. He tried to appease a bloodthirsty, fickle crowd and his own troubled conscience. His name was Pontius Pilate.
He was like the soldier in the Civil War who couldn’t decide which side he wanted to fight for. He put on the coat of the Union Army and the pants of the Confederate Army, and both sides ended up shooting at him. That is what happens to the person who lives in indecision.
Pontius Pilate was the consummate politician. He tried to find the middle ground and make everyone happy. As a result, he made the worst imaginable decision—a decision that he no doubt regretted for the rest of his life.
Here was the question that was brought to him (and is eventually brought to every one of us): What are you going to do with Jesus?
Ultimately when we stand before God, it won’t be a sin question; it will be a Son question. It won’t be a question of whether you lived a good life or your good deeds outweighed your bad ones. It’s all about Jesus Christ, who is God's provision for us to get into Heaven.
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