Let His blood be on us!

Scripture reading for October 12th: Matthew 26-28

Those who have grown up in the church have heard the story of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion many times.    This story is a key to our redemption from sin because it tells of a Savior who loved us so much that He gave His life for us.  He offered it willingly on our behalf as a part of God’s plan to bring us back to Himself.

Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot for a mere thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave.  (Matthew 26:14-15)  We are told that Judas belonged to the evil one and was not one of the true disciples.  He fulfilled Scripture from Zechariah 11:12-13 that told about him several hundred years in advance.  Judas betrayed his master with a kiss.

Jesus was taken before  Caiaphas, the High Priest, and the Sanhedrin. They met early in the morning  to find a way to put Jesus to death.  (Matthew 27:1)  Caiaphas asked Jesus directly if He was the Christ, Son of the living God.  Jesus answered “yes”  and told him that in the future he would see Jesus seated at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.  (Matthew 26:63-64)  The council pronounced a death sentence, spit on Him, and struck Him with their fists.  His trusted disciples deserted Him and Peter denied Him three times as Jesus predicted.

Jesus then stood before Pilate, the Roman governor,  the only one with authority to put Him to death.  Pilate listened to the Jews’ charges and then asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jews.  Jesus answered “yes” but made no other defense against the charges.  Pilate had been warned by his wife not to have anything to do with Jesus because of a troubling dream that she had.  He tried to get the crowd to release Jesus but they demanded Jesus be crucified!

Pilate symbolically washed his hands of Jesus’ blood and placed the responsibility on the people.  They willingly stated: “Let His blood be on us and on our children.” (Matthew 27:25)  Ironically, it is the blood of Jesus alone that can cleanse us all from our sin.  It was a wonderful act of grace that Jesus would  even give His blood for the redemption of those who would crucify Him.  May His blood cover each of us as well, and our children!

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