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What should I do then with Jesus?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

“What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Messiah?”

Perhaps this is not a question that occupies your mind, but then perhaps an article like this one will start the occupation. Jesus Christ is not a person people have ever been able to be ambivalent about. The soundness of His ethics, the power of His miracles, the authority with which He spoke, His sacrifices of love and His promises of life are all things not easily trivialised.

To the false He was their greatest threat. To the smug He blew down their pride. To the self-righteous He revealed how embarrassingly sinful they were. To the vacillating, Jesus Christ, was a lost eternal opportunity. The false, the smug and the self-righteous hated Him and strangely still do while the vacillating sit on a fence that is crumbling beneath them. By contrast the humble saw the truth and entered into the miracle and found the one who lived and died for them on a cross made of wood. They rushed Him then and you can rush Him now and the offer is always the same – he will forgive the humble who confess their need of Him and He will free life from the usual grasping desperation of life without Him.

“What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Messiah?” 

I know what I do with things that I have no further use for. I chuck’m. Old trousers that don’t fit, jumpers with no sentimental attachments, gimmicks that don’t work, broken treasures, milk beyond its use by date and so much more. I chuck’m. Sadly some people even chuck out people surplus to requirements. I have never been able to do that.

So “What should you do with Jesus, who is called Messiah? 

Does He not fit, is He just a sentimentality, a failed gimmick, a broken treasure, one who is beyond His use by date or surplus to requirements. If He is then I guess you would chuck Him. The false, the smug and the self-righteous crucified Him in the first century, while the vacillating let them. I guess you could do that yourself and put to death any notion of Him. That would answer the question but it is always worth asking yourself what you will lose before throwing something or someone away. Many an unappreciated treasure has been found to be priceless to those who understand its value.

Where truth and faithfulness are floundering, I think Jesus is more than religious sentimentality. He’s the anchor and floatation in perilous times. In an age of ethical confusion, where health practices and counselling are prepared to surrendered clients to permissions because they have no cures, I think the miracles of Jesus are still required. As people play with toys that offer little lasting satisfaction Jesus is looking less like a gimmick every day. Of course, nearing the edge of death makes Jesus the one without a “use by date” and eternally relevant.

“What should I do then with Jesus, who is called Messiah?” This is the question asked by a ruler in the first century in the 27th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Confused he vacillated and then agreed to Jesus crucifixion. I don’t know what his reaction was to Jesus resurrection but it certainly removed the confusion and left no place for sitting on the fence.  Let this question occupy your thoughts.

Life has always suffered significantly where Jesus Christ has not occupied our thoughts. I would think the answer to the question is to let Jesus occupy not just our thoughts but our hearts as well. Perhaps then honesty will prevail and the miracle of lives well lived will return.

I will pray for you on this.