Choices. One choice by itself doesn’t seem to be much. When we view our choices in a series, what we choose often explains why life is the it is. This is the week of Jesus’ Crucifixion. As we look back on it, we can see a culmination of choices made by God’s chosen people. And not to be extra hard on them, we can certainly see our own choices mirrored in theirs.
Back in Exodus, Moses went up Mt. Sanai and spent forty days in the presence of God. Moses’ encounter with God caused his face to glow with God’s Shekinah glory. Remember the people’s response? “Hide your face.” The people didn’t want intimate communion with God. God wanted to give them the blessing of close friendship. They preferred to have a go-between. They were frightened of God. God gave them what they wanted. God spoke to Moses and Moses spoke to the people for Him.
Years later, they are living in the Promised Land. They don’t want to be governed by God’s judges, now they want a king. God tells Samuel the people have not rejected Samuel as a leader but have rejected God. Samuel anoints Saul to be king. Their history verifies the error of desiring an earthly king.
Many years later, Jesus is being unjustly charged and murdered for the sins of these same people (and for you and me). What is the charge? All four Gospels record His crime as being the King of the Jews. John’s Gospel tells us the Jewish leaders protested this designation (John 19:21-22). That makes sense in light of their words just a few verses earlier, “We have no king but Caesar!”
A string of choices. And choices can still be made. Christ can be embraced as the Suffering Servant Who came to redeem us. He can be, and still is, rejected. But don’t lose sight of the fact that a day is coming when no choice will be given. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. We do well to remind ourselves that the Crucified, Risen Savior still holds out a choice to all who will believe. Do they know there is a choice to make? How about your choices? Are they leading you to Him, or further from Him? Think about it.
Soli Deo Gloria!