Matthew 27:22 (NIV)
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”
How strange to observe what our world does with what is most valuable and life-giving. They crucify that which can bring life. Now before you say I am ludicrous for thinking such things give me just a brief moment to prove my point.
The world was offered the only one who could bring eternal life and when given the chance they voted unanimously to kill the only one who could bring them life. What is most surprising is how God responds to men crucifying of his son. He turns it into our greatest point of hope in history. It was through man’s rebellion of Jesus that man now finds his only hope of everlasting life.
Consider the following, Acts 2:22-24 (NIV)
22 “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23 This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
Somehow our great God turned our greatest sin into our great hope. Just like God to do this for us. His grace so rich and free that he turned our greatest sin into our only hope of eternal life. You see it really is not what You do with Jesus that matters most, it is what God the Father did with Jesus that makes all the difference. We buried him out of sight in a borrowed grave, God the Father raised him to life. We have made it illegal to talk about him and God the Father continues to make his name the most talked about and read about name in history.
The Pharisees and Romans thought they could prevent him from taking over their places of power and authority, they were wrong. Jesus has now risen from the dead and the Father has given him all authority in heaven and earth.
Now I was you again, what shall you do with Jesus?