John 19:22 – “Pilate answered, ” What I have written I have written.” NASU
Most everyone knows the account of Jesus facing the judgment of Pilate and the Jewish Sanhedrin. When Pilate caved to the demands of the Jewish leaders to crucify Jesus, he made a feeble attempt to wash his hands of the matter but took a parting shot at the Jews in the inscription over Jesus’ Cross. He wrote or had written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” That infuriated the Jewish leaders and they demanded that Pilate place an inscription of their liking in its place. They offered, “He said, I am King of the Jews.” Pilate responded with words that rip through my heart, “What I have written I have written?”
Those are piercing words. I want to use them as a catalyst to address each of us personally and individually. I ask, “What have you written?” What is the story of your life by your own hand? What have and what are you writing that is being and will be read of others regarding who and what you are? The only time to correct the story is in the present while we are still alive on planet earth. There will be no erasing the words or writing a new story once breath has left our bodies and we are ushered to the other side, the eternal.
Paul reminded the Corinthian Christians of a truth that we should all embrace and allow to motivate us and make us aware of our influence on others. He said in 2 Corinthians 3:2, “You are our letter, written in our hearts, know and read of all men; 3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” What you have written you have written. Are you pleased with your story? Would you like to modify, edit, change, or alter it?
If the answer is yes, there is a way and there is hope. If no, then your story will be the story when you stand before the Lord in that final day. Remembering that we cannot earn our way into heaven I do not suggest that you try to change your story to win brownie points with God. That won’t work. However, there is the declaration of our LORD in Matthew 16:27 to contend with and recognize, “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.” There is also Paul’s contention in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 that needs to be recognized, “Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
You do not work to get into heaven, but you work because you are going to heaven. You do not work to be saved, you work because you are saved. God’s Grace is Amazing and His Longsuffering almost unbelievable, but it is real. There are chapters in my life that I have attempted to rewrite and hopefully, the latter chapters erase the former bringing them under the blood of Jesus. I was told in my early days of preaching, “Son, you are the only Bible some people will ever read, so what is the Gospel according to you?” That was expanded upon as I was taught the importance of Always Being Aware! Just as with children, they are watching, listening and learning even when we are unaware.
My prayer is “LORD, help me to not just represent you but to manifest you to the world.” I can hire an attorney to represent me, but he cannot manifest me. However, my children can both represent and manifest me, because that are of me. If we are “In Christ” we are in a very real sense Christ to this world. They do not see Him or know Him, but they see us and how we present him to the world is writing our story. So again, I ask you to remember the words of Pilate, “WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN I HAVE WRITTEN.” What are you writing?
I ask the LORD to watch over you, keep you and bless you this day. May He guide your footsteps and blend your heart with His. Have a fantastic day!