Life is full of questions. Most of them go unanswered. We have to learn to live with our questions and consternation and puzzlement. Paul said in I Corinthians 13: “Now we know in part.” He is alluding to the fact that there are questions in life with which we have to live.
When Jesus appeared before Pilate on the evening before His crucifixion, Pilate was puzzled that the Jews were so angry with Jesus. He had heard about Him. He had heard about His preaching, His miracles and His teaching. But when Pilate saw Him standing there in his courtroom, He didn’t seem to be dangerous. Jesus was nothing like the rumors Pilate had heard about Him. Jesus had been scandalized as a common dangerous criminal.
Having found nothing in Jesus’ dossier worthy of condemnation, Pilate asked the crowd, “What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ?” (St. Matthew 27:22). Though he did not know it, Pilate articulated the most important question we will ever have to answer. Pilate’s dilemma is really our dilemma. Until we answer that question, we will be haunted through the years by a nagging emptiness.
It’s a hard question. On the surface, it seems nice, simple and polite. All of us under our own brand of disillusionment have convinced ourselves that we have accepted Him. NOT! We still live by our own standards and values irrespective of what Jesus has to say about them.
That aside, it is still the hardest question we’ll ever have to answer. There are only three choices:
• Reject Him: this was the resounding choice of the crowd.
• Indifference: this was the attitude of Pilate. He really didn’t care.
• Commit to Him: this is the choice of very few.
Make the choice to commit to him. It makes all the difference in the world.