With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: What Will You Say When the Question Comes?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What Will You Say When the Question Comes?

 Thoughts of Good Friday are on my mind. Thoughts of the immensity of what the cross means and what it means for me. Thoughts of a love that goes far beyond my ability to grasp. But it is real.
In the words of an old hymn writer... What shall I do with Jesus?  What shall my answer be? Question with question I answer, What will He do with me?


This hymn, written in the late 1800's, caught my attention asking the question of utmost importance. A personal question. A question that can make us feel uncomfortable.

You have probably heard the Easter story. About forgiveness and redemption and that word no one likes to talk about, namely sin. It is a word that makes us want to walk away and think about other stuff. But sin is supremely important to God because it separates us and puts an impassable chasm between Himself and his beloved. Important enough to God that he provided a solution for it. A costly solution.


The Easter story tells of Jesus Christ's journey to the cross, His glorious resurrection in triumphant over sin and death, His ascension into heaven where He reigns as our Lord and Savior. This gives us HOPE and JOY. We no longer have to pay the penalty for our sin. Jesus paid it in full. We can be forgiven and accepted and forever enjoy fellowship with God through Jesus. That is what Jesus meant when He uttered His last Words, "It is finished".  That heavy burden of sin we carry is dropped from our shoulders. That is amazing grace.


I hope you, dear reader, will take a moment to listen to the beautiful video below, listen to the words and if you haven't already, consider the question, "What will you do with Jesus?" Because, neutral you just can't be.

What Will You Do With Jesus?
Excerpt from David T. Clydesdale's "How Great Thou Art"

Jesus is standing there in Pilates' hall; friendless, forsaken, He's been betrayed
by all.  Suddenly comes the fateful call, "What will you do with Jesus?"

Now Jesus stands alone on trial, ready to face the crowd.  To walk His
destined mile. In your heart you're hearing all the while, "What will
you do with Jesus?"

Chorus:
What will you do with Jesus?  Neutral you just can't be. Someday
your heart will be asking, "What will You do with me?"

Will you deny Him just like Peter's done? Will you reject Him?  He is the
living Son.  What will you say when the question comes?  What will
you do with Jesus?

What will you do with Jesus?  Neutral you just can't be.  Someday
your heart will be asking, "What will He do with me?"

What will you do with Jesus?  Neutral you just can't be.  Someday
your heart will be asking, "What will He do with me?"
What will he do with me?

Below are the words of the original hymn. They are similar to the words in the video and were probably the inspiration for it.

Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall
Author: Albert B. Simpson (1905)

Jesus is standing in Pilate’s hall--
Friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;
Hearken! what meaneth the sudden call!
What will you do with Jesus?

Chorus:
What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Someday your heart will be asking,
“What will He do with me?”

Jesus is standing on trial still,
You can be false to Him if you will,
You can be faithful thro' good or ill:
What will you do with Jesus? (Chorus)

Will you evade Him as Pilate tried?
Or will you choose Him, whate’er betide?
Vainly you struggle from Him to hide:
What will you do with Jesus? (Chorus)

Will you, like Peter, your Lord deny?
Or will you scorn from His foes to fly,
Daring for Jesus to live or die?
What will you do with Jesus? (Chorus)

“Jesus, I give Thee my heart today!
Jesus, I’ll follow Thee all the way,
Gladly obeying Thee!” will you say:
“This I will do with Jesus!” (Chorus)

What will you say when the question comes?
Neutral you just can't be 
someday your heart will be asking
what will He do with me

What shall I do with Jesus?
What shall my answer be?
Question with question I answer,
What will He do with me?

 
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20

For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2

3 comments:

Maureen said...

Words worth serious consideration. EasterBlessings!

NanaDiana said...

I had not heard that in a very, very long time, Lorraine. Yes- it is so true- a CROSS roads where one must make a decision one way or the other once they have listened and heard the truth. God bless you for sharing this. xo Diana

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful words, song and post. I ask myself "What would I do without Jesus?" I never want to find out. Thank you for your boldness and I pray you have a most blessed Holy Week, my friend.♥

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