10/12 Who Has The Victory?

Date: Friday October 12, 2012
Today’s ChaptersMatthew 27-28
Message Title: Who Has The Victory?
Hello My Friend,
Standing before the governor as thousands of people hooted and hollered, Jesus did not plead His case, but awaited His judgment. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him,Thou sayest.And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.” – Matthew 27:1,2,11-14,18.
Pilate knew that the only reason that the religious leaders delivered Jesus to be killed was their jealousy and envy over their religious infactions. They were proud of the false religious traditions that they lived by and were not about to have anyone, including Christ prove them to be liars. The last thing that false religion leaders want to admit is that they are the ones lying and deceiving the people so, they will do whatever they have to do to eliminate those who will expose them. “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:26,27.
Since it was a feast day, on this day the Roman governor would pardon a prisoner, one that the people agreed on to be released. He brought out a ruthless prisoner called Barabbas. Pilate just knew that the people would pardon Christ over Barabbas because he was a murderer of the worst degree, but instead the people cried out to pardon Barabbas instead. “Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.” – Matthew 27:15-20.
Pilate looked out over that mob of people and seeing the madness that was taking place, he wanted nothing to do with what was happening, and in public, washed his hands before the mob as to say, it is out of my hands. He handed Jesus over to the mob, which then lead to His crucifixion. Many people today think that it was Pontius Pilate who had Jesus crucified, or question why handed Jesus over in them when he had the power to stop it. Besides the fact that Jesus needed to die for us to be saved, I believe that had Pilate pardoned Jesus they would have came after him, as well as Jesus, and everyone else that sided with Him would have died that day. Remember, the religious leaders were the ones who created such an uproar and got the majority of the people to side against Jesus in the first place. So, if thousands of people were yelling crucify Him, you could imagine their reaction had he pardoned Him.
Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead:” – Acts 13:26-30.
Jesus was beaten, mocked, and spit on before He was hung on a tree until He died as His earthly family and other believers watched. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.” – Matthew 27:28-31.
I can only imagine what He was thinking the whole time, but He uttered not a word. Why? Because Jesus knew that when it was all over it He would not only have the victory for Him, but for all of us. He endured to the end and prevailed as He resurrected three days later. Although many saw Him after the resurrection, the religious leaders still tried to discredit Jesus. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.” – Matthew 28:9-13.
When we call on Christ to save us from our sins, it can take a little while before we comprehend exactly what He went through so we would not have to end up in hell. Oh, we learn that He died, was buried, and resurrected three days later, but we do not realize all the pain and torture He went through for all people, regardless of whether or not they accept or reject Him. The key to having victory with Christ is not about how much we can do for Him, or even that we know what He did for us, it’s about believing in what He did for us and realzing that without Him there is no victory over death or anything else we are faced with.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:54-57. Praise God!
Today’s Prayer: God, I understand that not by my works of righteousness I am saved, but by my believing in what Your Son did for me and receiving Him as my Savior I am saved. I am trusting only in You Jesus to keep me out of hell and I know that no matter what I have done or will do I am forgiven and that You will never leave nor forsake me. To show my appreciation and love for You I want to live my life with You in it. Lead me and guide me in Your will and Your way, help me to be a witness and a testimony to the amazing life that I now live. I love You, Lord and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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