Matthew 27: 22-24
Pilate . . . took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said.
Pilate was the
chief judicial magistrate in the Roman province of Judea. At that
time Rome did not allow local community courts, like the Sanhedrin,
to execute anyone (John 18:31). So if Jesus was to be executed, the
order had to come from Pilate.
Though he stated
several times that he had found no basis for a charge against Jesus,
Pilate eventually gave in to the Jewish religious leaders who wanted
Jesus crucified. So while he made a show of washing his hands and
saying he was innocent of Jesus’ blood, Pilate wasn’t fooling
anyone. He was basically admitting that he let the Jewish leaders
have their way, probably because he feared they could retaliate and
cause political unrest.
sanctioned Jesus’ death. As chief of staff of the Roman military in
the province, he ordered the centurion and his soldiers to carry out
the death sentence he had pronounced. It was also Pilate who ordered
that Jesus’ tomb be placed under guard and secured with an official
seal (Matthew 27:65-66).
Still today, many
Christians regularly recite the Apostles’ Creed, which mentions
that our Lord Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate.”
Refusing to accept
responsibility—that is not repentance.
But are we any
Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned. Help me to accept responsibility for what I have done. Help me to repent, ask your forgiveness, and live faithfully for you. Amen.