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– Pilate

The bible says in Luke 23:13-25 that “Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will, therefore, punish and release him.”

18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will, therefore, punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.”

Pilate wanted so badly to wash his hands from the crowd’s accusations. What he did wasn’t necessarily right, but we do understand the desire for our hands to be washed from guilt. Jesus taught the people that salvation was by the grace of God and not by adherence to the many precepts set forth by the Sanhedrin. Christians need to learn that they can stand blameless before the throne room because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Place your right hand in the dirt. Look at it and let it represent your guilt. Ask the Holy Spirit to remove the guilt in your life and wash your hands with the pitcher of water that represents the grace of God.

Song: No Longer Slaves

Good Friday