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How Close Are You?

Mark 15.1-15
And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed…Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Who was guilty of mistreating Jesus? In reality everyone was at fault. The disciples deserted Him in terror. Peter denied that he ever knew Jesus. Judas betrayed Him. The crowds who had followed Him stood by and did nothing. Pilate tried to blame the crowds. The religious leaders actively promoted Jesus’ death. The Roman soldiers tortured Him. If you had been there watching these trials, what would you have done? You do not need to go back in history to know how you would have treated Jesus. Just evaluate how you treat Him today. Are you indifferent to Jesus? Do you loath Him? Do you like Him at a distance? Do you walk and commune with Him daily? Do you love Him with all of your heart? Do you love Him with your lips but deny Him by your lifestyle? Do you proclaim Him your Lord with words but live under the lordship of self? Is Jesus your greatest treasure? Is He worth living for? Is He worth dying for? How do you treat Christ today? Do you confess today that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2.11)?

Pastor Jeff
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