Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Choices

We are all faced with choices. Every day you are bombarded with choices. Some choices are simple and some are complex. For example, do you find yourself asking the following questions?
  • What will I wear today?
  • What will I eat today?
  • What will I watch on TV today?
  • Will I go to the movies tonight?
Some choices are a little more complex than others. For example:
  • Do I take this new job opportunity that is before me?
  • Will I choose to make a stand for what I believe today?
We have all had opportunities and made choices that we have liked and disliked. Sometimes we regret the decisions that we made while other times we have been excited about those choices.

Matthew 26:1-5 says the following:

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Mt 26:1–5.]

In this passage, the Jewish Leadership, chose to reject the message of Jesus and began to plot how to kill Him. The leadership had come face to face with the Messiah but refused to believe that it was Him. The result of that unbelief would be to their downfall. I must ask the question why would those who were religious leaders not see that this was who they were looking for? Was it because they were more focused on the position rather than the person? Was it because they were corrupt and this created a problem for them? Would it have been an embarrassment to them to realize they had missed the mark and led others to do the same?

These questions can apply to us today. Have you had an encounter with Jesus? Was it a life changing encounter? In other words, did you surrender when you realized that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and without Him there was no hope? It is a choice that you have to make. You will not be given forever to make that choice and doing nothing with that choice essentially is to deny.

In Christ,
Doug
http://www.dougjohnson.net/

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