"What Have You Done?"

J. D. Conley
October 4, 2015

The question above is a piercing one. Many times it is asked in an accusatory tone. Parents often pose this query to mischievous children; Judges to criminals; Police to lawbreakers; even wives to husbands and husbands to wives. This penetrating inquiry was even set forth to the only sinless person to ever grace terra firma. Yes, Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judea, quizzed the Lord Himself in this interrogating fashion in John 18:35.

When Pilate asked Jesus, "what hast thou done?" (Jn.18:35), he meant, "What crime have you committed?" There was no possible answer for Jesus to give, because Jesus never sinned, (2Cor.5:21; Heb.4:15; 1Pet.2:22; 1Jn.3:5), much less involved Himself in criminal activity.

However, lets look at the proper answer to this question and i.e., "What did Christ do?" We know what He didn't do. He didn't commit sin, not a single one, ever. He did not engage in nefarious activities, Peter even stated "neither was guile found in his mouth," (1Pet.2:22). Not one word that ever left His lips had a whisper of hypocrisy upon it. Not a single syllable was even slightly tainted with trickery or deceit. He was the incarnate Word of God, He was "the true Light" and proclaimed "I am the truth," (Jn.1:1-3, 9, 14; 14:6). Christ did not sin in deed or in tongue. His every action and every word was good and pure.

What did He do? He gave up His heavenly estate, (2Cor.8:9; Phi.2:6-8). He willingly vacated the ivory palaces to descend to this world of death and woe. He patiently taught us "grace and truth" (Jn. 1:17). He set the perfect example of love, mercy and compassion. "He went about doing good," (Acts 10:38), and in spite of it, He was put to an agonizing death. Yet, He was raised from the dead on the third day after being ensconced in a heavily guarded rock vault. Because He lives, we will live! What did Jesus do? As the hymn states, "He bore it all!"

This question needs to resound in our ears, "What have we done?" Have you done anything for Jesus? If not, isn't it about time?

"I gave, I gave My life for thee. What hast thou giv'n for Me?"