Let’s start with a question: “Do you surrender Jesus to your will?”
To truly answer this question, we first need to know what was happening at the time of this scripture and understand how it relates to us in this century.
After Judas betrayed Jesus and handed Him to a group of pharisees, they led Jesus off to Pontius Pilate. Jesus was standing before Pilate, and the people wanted to crucify Him. In this critical moment of time, Pilot gave the people a choice that should have been obvious. He let them choose between Jesus and a known criminal, a murderer. Even with this choice in front of them, the crowd still rejected Jesus and shouted out to send Him to be crucified. Instead of taking his stand and being the judge, Pilot surrendered Jesus to their will.
Pontius Pilate chose to compromise his will under the pressure of the people. Instead of doing what he believed was right, he surrendered Jesus, the Son of God, to the will of the people even though he found no guilt in Him. The people in the crowd, which just a few days before had welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem with praising and singing “Hosanna!”, had turned their backs on Him and sentenced Him to death. While it may be difficult or impossible to know what was truly going on in their hearts at this time, it appears as though they had responded entirely out of the emotions they were experiencing rather than upon truth or justice.
In this day and age, as you look around and watch, what do you see in this world? Disorder! People are confused about what is going on and what will happen. The natural has become unnatural, and people love darkness instead of light. Many call evil good and good evil. Justice has faded out in many nations, and it appears the world is being manipulated by the hands of people. The younger generation is losing their right to be exposed to the truth and instead are being fed lies. The things that are foolishness have now become the cool things to do. The whole world is trying to scratch out the name of Jesus and His word, and there are many who are acting as an accomplice to this. Once again, Jesus is being surrended to the will of the people, just as He was by Pontius Pilate to the crowd. Do we truly know what we are doing, or, just as Jesus once said, do we not know what we are doing?
The world has its own way. Paul tells us, “In which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:2-3, NIV)
Do we follow the ways of the world and the rulers of the kingdom of the air (the evil one) and carry a spirit of rebellion? Have we, by our nature, surrendered Jesus for the world and for our flesh? My dear friends, may you stand firm so that you do not fall!