Summary: So, the question is raised in vs 22, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Crucifying the anointing! I wonder how many times we have crucified the anointing by doing our own thing?
It’s Dark, What Shall You Do? Matthew 27:21-22
(Show Slides of the Passion of the Christ while preaching)
21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” 22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
So, the question is raised in vs 22, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Crucifying the anointing! I wonder how many times we have crucified the anointing by doing our own thing? May I add, daily, this question is poised to you. “What shall you do with this Jesus who is called Christ?
Thomas Jefferson edited the Bible. He reduced it to the moral teachings of Jesus and left out everything else. He had a particular disdain for the supernatural. His Bible ends with the words, “There they laid Jesus, and rolled a great stone to the mouth of the sepulcher and departed.”
I Corinthians 15:17-18NLT Paul declared boldly, And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!
So Jesus prepared for His crucifixion, He prepared Himself in Gethsemane. Gethsemane was a garden where Jesus found Himself on many occupations. There, He talked to His Father. Gethsemane, means oil press. It was the place where olives grew, and where crushed.
Listen to the process in Matthew 26:36-39NKJ Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Notice, that Jesus travailed for His Father’s will; He didn’t come into prayer for just a quick fix, or just to feel better. No, He came to release His soul, His emotions, and His destiny into God’s hands. Was prayer answered? Yes, He followed His Father’s will to complete His earthly mission.
Now, He was ready for the cross. Philippians 2:5-9NKJ 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.
Suddenly, Jesus cried from the cross, “Eli, Eli, lame sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Abandonment and despair that resulted from the outpouring of divine wrath on Him as sin-bearer. (Psalm 22 fulfilled) Near the final moments on the cross, He cried, “It is finished!” “Father, into You hands I commit My Spirit.”