Saturday, April 23, 2022
23 He objected, “But for what crime?”
But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, “I’m washing my hands of responsibility for this man’s death. From now on, it’s in your hands. You’re judge and jury.”
25 The crowd answered, “We’ll take the blame, we and our children after us.”
26 Then, he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped and then handed over for crucifixion.
-Matthew 27:23-26 The Message
23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
Verse 24: So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”
Verse 24 study: Pilate hesitated to give religious leaders permission to crucify Jesus. He thought they were jealous of a popular teacher with the people. Pilate became afraid when the Jews threatened to report him to Caesar. Another reason Pilate became afraid is history; it showed that the Jews threatened once to lodge a formal complaint against Pilate for his stubbornness in flouting their traditions.
From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” -John 19:12 ESV
Making a decision, Pilate decides to let the crowd crucify Jesus. Even though he washed his hands of a challenging situation, it doesn’t cancel your guilt. On the contrary, it gives you false peace. Don’t make excuses; take responsibility for your decisions.
Verse 25: And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”
Verse 26: Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.