DOING BUSINESS WITH CHRIST: PILATE
What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
Pilate had to do business with Jesus, and so must we all. We cannot wash our hands of the whole business any more than could he. We cannot leave Christ alone. The question is not, “What will you do with Jesus?” but “What are you doing with Him now?” We are for or against, we gather with Him or we scatter abroad.
Pilate faced the alternatives of cynicism: “What is truth?”; criminality: “Barabbas or Jesus?”; Caesar: “If thou let this man go thou art not Caesar’s friend.” The issue is always “Christ or…”
This unbelieving world, whether it choose the cynic, the criminal, or Caesar, must do something with Christ. He is inescapable. And men must settle with Christ, not with a church or a preacher. Let us never obscure the issue: what are you doing with Jesus the Christ? “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”