• Jack Selcher

Christian Decision-Making

Your decisions shape your life and affect other people. To make wise decisions, consider both the facts and your assumptions. Are you overlooking important facts? Are your assumptions valid? Jesus’ trial illustrates irresponsible decision-making based merely on self-interest.

Despite their evil intentions and motives, the Jewish religious leaders judged Jesus based on His claims to be the Messiah. Pilate also tried to get the facts. He asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” (Mark 15:2). Neither examined their assumptions.

Some people dismiss Jesus as merely a great man or great moral teacher. Jesus hasn’t left those options open. He claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of God. You can say He wasn’t. You can insist He was a liar or a lunatic. You can agree that He’s the Messiah. If He isn’t the Messiah as He claimed, He wasn’t a good man, let alone a great one. A good man wouldn’t author such a gigantic lie.

The Jewish religious leaders gathered the facts but their assumptions incorrectly shaped how they interpreted them. They assumed Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah couldn’t be true. They called Him a blasphemer because He wasn’t the all-conquering political deliverer they expected.

Pilate had more than enough facts to declare Jesus innocent. Jesus’ majestic silence revealed His unimpeachable character. His refusal to defend Himself when threatened with a death sentence was something Pilate hadn’t experienced before. He marveled. He knew the chief priests handed Jesus over to him because of self-interest (Mark 15:10). His wife warned him about Jesus (Matthew 27:19). He recognized Jesus’ innocence (Mark 15:14). Pilate’s decision wasn’t based on what was true but on what he thought was best for him. He didn’t realize the best for him couldn’t be separated from the truth.

Self-interest motivated the crowd as it had the Jewish religious leaders and Pilate. The crowd’s political ambitions outweighed the facts. This professing Messiah didn’t measure up to their standard. For them, Barabbas was a more likely candidate for Messiah than Jesus was.

You probably think you wouldn’t have condemned Jesus to be crucified if you were in the crowd. You know too many facts about Jesus to do that. But do you consider Jesus when you’re making decisions? Ignoring Him results inevitably in decisions grounded in self-interest. The truth sets you free only when you choose to live in harmony with it (John 8:32). Are you living in harmony with Jesus who claimed to be the truth (John 14:6)?

Jesus died for you so you would live for Him (2 Corinthians 5:15). Keep considering His claim on your life as you decide how to use your energy, time, talents, and treasures. May your daily decisions reflect that Jesus is Lord of your lips and your life. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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