Life's Greatest Question
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 27:1-2, 11-25
April 2, 2000
Being three weeks away from Easter Sunday ... take your Bible and turn to Matthew chapter 27. Here we find Matthew's account of Jesus Christ before Pontius Pilate.
Now Pilate was the Roman Governor of Judea. While in Judea .. he lived in Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea. But when major events drove thousands of people to Jerusalem ... Pilate would go there so that Romans presence would be sensed and seen.
You see .. Pilate was responsible for maintaining order among the Jews. Any kind of trouble would jeprodise his position. Now when you come to Matthew 27 ... Jerusalem is filled with people because of the Passover celebration. It was during that time that Jesus was brought before Pilate in a mockery of a trial.
Now you're going to see this morning that Pilate was no fool. You don't get to be Roman Governor by being a fool. Yet ... during the trial of Jesus .. Pilate was faced with "Life's Greatest Question." And that question is found in Matthew 27.22, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"
Now the question that was before Pilate in that day .. is the question that is before you on this day. "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called
Christ?" Just as Pilate had the unavoidable Jesus Christ on his hands in that day .. today you have the unavoidable Jesus Christ on your hands. And before this service is over .. you're going to decide either for or against Jesus Christ!
Now somebody says, "I don't like having to decide for or against Jesus Christ. I just won't decide." Oh yes you will! You say, "Oh no I won't." Oh yes you will. You say, "Ernest Easley I will not decide."
Is that so? Not to decide is a decision! That was Pilate's decision. He though he could decide not to decide and Pilate is in Hell today because he made the wrong decision about Jesus Christ.
You're going to decide even if you decide not to decide. Yo ...
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