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Not for me!
Is there some person you don't like having to be responsible to and maybe you look forward to being able to get away from him or her? I hope you will not behave as these people did!
"The chief priests and teachers of the Law" had Jesus on trial before Pilate, the Roman Governor. They accused Jesus saying, "This man claims to be Christ, a king."
"So Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?' ‘Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied.
Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, ‘I find no basis for a charge against this man.' But they insisted, ‘He stirs up the people all over Judea by His teaching.'"
The real reason for them wanting Jesus put away was His teaching. They did not want to believe that Jesus was who He claimed to be - the Messiah and the Saviour of the world whom God had promised to send.
They were satisfied with their religion, and Jesus' teachings were upsetting and questioning what they believed!
Are you willing to carefully find out what Jesus really taught? Or would you be afraid of finding that His teachings disagreed with what you want to believe?
Pilate could not find anything to punish Jesus for, but he wanted to please the priests and religious leaders. Neither Pilate nor the religious leaders wanted Jesus to be telling them what to believe and what to do!
In order to try to get off having to make a decision about Jesus Pilate sent Jesus off to be judged by King Herod.
But Pilate had made a decision! It was clear what he thought about Jesus - this Saviour and King is not for me!
What about YOU? What decision are you going to make about Jesus who claims to be the only Priest and Saviour you need to make you right with God?
If you prefer to have someone else forgive your sins and to tell you what to believe about God, you are saying, "Jesus is not for me!"
Now King Herod was a wicked man who had refused God's warnings to turn away from his sinful living.
"When He saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see Him."
The sinful Herod talked away to Jesus - "but Jesus gave him no answer"! 7*.
How like many sin loving people today who talk away to God in their prayers; and fool themselves into believing He is answering them! They ignore what God has said sin does - "your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will NOT hear"!
If you want God to hear you pray to Him you must come in repentance and faith. That means, you must want to be turned from sinful ways and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your only hope of acceptance and forgiveness.9*.
King Herod and his soldiers did not want to repent and have faith in Jesus! They "ridiculed and mocked Him. Dressing Him in an elegant robe, they sent Him back to Pilate."
I hope you are not going to say "Jesus is not for me!" as these did in Luke chapter 23, verses 1-12.
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John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1Luke 23:1-5. 2 John 5:39-40. 1st John 4:14. 3 Luke 23: 6-7. 4 Hebrews 8:1-2. 10:9-14. 1st Peter 3:18. 5 Matthew 14:3-12. 6 Luke 23:8. 7 Luke 23:9. 8 Isaiah 59:6. Micah 3:4. Psalm 66:18. 9 Acts 20:21. 26:20. John 14:6. 10 Luke 23:11.