When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Matthew 27:24-26
Pontius Pilate tried to “wash his hands” from the murder of Jesus Christ, he said “I am innocent of the blood of this just person (Christ)” However Pilate was not innocent, the blood is on his hands. Just as we are not innocent either, blood of Christ is on our hands also. How many of us will try to “wash our hands” from the death of Christ? You would say “I had nothing to do with the death of Jesus” however you did. Every sin that you committed put Christ on the cross! Think about that! We all want to believe we are “good” people , but we are all sinners, we all have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) Because of your sin and my sin, Christ went to the cross to pay the penalty because He loves us
The people in the crowd made a foolish statement “His blood be on us and our children” As Jesus said on the cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) They willingly put the death of the Messiah, the death of the Son of God on them and their children. What happened in 70 A.D.? The Temple was destroyed forever as Jesus prophesied, and Israel was ultimately destroyed.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27:27-31
The Roman soldiers then took Jesus and brutally beat and cursed him. They mocked Jesus as King, they even put a crown of thorns upon his head. What drove these men to mock the Kingship of Christ? How shocking it will be one day , when all these soldiers will once again bow to the Risen Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Philippians 2)
Many wicked people plotted together to execute Christ, however remember what Jesus said “Nobody can take it from me, I lay it down on my own accord” (John 10:18) Jesus allowed himself to be the slain Lamb of God to pay for the penalty of our sins, including yours and mine! Are your hands clean? Repent of your sins and obey The Lord Jesus Christ, and the blood of the Lamb will wash you clean as snow (Isaiah 1) Amen!
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