#126 No Answer

2 April 2001

"When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer"-John 19:8,9. No answer seems to be a hard answer as Pilate desperately seeks the true identity of the Son of God. Yet, no answer is given. Some might say, "If the eternal destiny of Pilate was based upon an immediate decision for Christ, surely Jesus missed an excellent opportunity to change this man's life forever by declaring at the top of His holy lungs: I am the Son of God; I am King of Kings: I am the Creator of all worlds; I am the Savior; and etc. and etc." Yet, Jesus gave him no answer; passed out no tracts; nor called upon this man to make a decision. It has been two-thousand years since Jesus had this encounter with Pilate. Much has been forgotten and confused as to why Jesus came and how salvation was really accomplished. Just look at what the Pharisees and the Saducees had done to the law and ordinances that God had given to Moses. From two words, "NO ANSWER", we can learn a lot about Jesus, about ourselves and about our relationship with Him. Suppose Jesus did scream at the top of His lungs and reveal His true identity to Pilate in such a way that Pilate let Him go. What would be missing? Much could still be offered. We could still accept Him as the Son of God. We could still be baptized as those who followed John the Baptist. We could still knock on people's doors and tell them about our loving Savior and the many miracles He performed. We could offer new Bibles and tracts of our particular flavor of religion. We could scare men, women and children by telling them the reality of a burning hell. And we could still offer many entertainments and musicals to encourage people to visit our house of worship. We could offer all the rituals and ceremonies of religion, yet, in the midst of all of these there is one thing missing. Money can not add to nor take away from this one thing. One vital thing, one necessary thing, the ONLY thing necessary for the salvation of the elect. It was the very thing that kept Jesus from telling Pilate who He really was. It was the only thing that Jesus viewed as necessary or surely He would have offered more. It was all that was needed for God's children to dwell with Jesus in eternity. I am convinced it was all that any will need. This one thing humbles us and takes away our boasting. It is just as powerful to those who never have the opportunity to hear about it as those who are blessed to behold it. By comparison, it shows our righteousness to be as filthy rags. It elevates Jesus to the position of Captain of our Salvation not a partial payment. It is just a effective for the poorest of sinners; the smallest child; the babe in grace. What is that thing? It is the cross where we find Jesus doing something that all of the above could never, nor will ever do, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross"-Col 2:14. Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church. Singing begins at 10:30 each Sunday morning followed by preaching at 11:00. By His mercy and grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.