23 Then the whole body of them got up and brought Him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” 3 So Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as this place.”
6 When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.
I found these two paragraphs from MacArthur's sermon, Jesus Accused before Pilate, Part 2, particularly to-the-point:
The strange irony of the trials of Jesus is that all those who thought they were judging Him were, in fact, being judged by Him. And it was not just Annas and Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin and Pilate and Herod and Judas, it was the whole nation of Israel. For whether they overtly rejected Jesus as Messiah, or remained in indifference toward Him, anything short of believing in Him as the Son of God and Messiah brought them under His judgment. Sinners still live with the illusion that they can make a judgment on Jesus Christ and avoid Him making a judgment on them. But that’s not the case. You judge Jesus wrongly, and He will judge you rightly.
So while no earthly authority can determine the destiny of Jesus, every soul’s destiny is determined by what that person does with Jesus. The question is not what will you do with Jesus? The question is when you see Him face-to-face, what will He do with you? He is the one person in all history who is the eternal determiner of everyone’s destiny, whether it’s heaven or hell.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 23:7-12.
"Sinners still live with the illusion that they can make a judgment on Jesus Christ and avoid Him making a judgment on them."
That is a VERY good point. One that should really spur us to action and words as we go about our everyday lives in contact with unbelieving family and friends.
The question is not what will you do with Jesus? The question is when you see Him face-to-face, what will He do with you?
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