Summary: You need to see that when you stand before the Lord, lost or saved, the blood of Christ will be on you.
A couple of weeks ago I showed you several pictures of Jesus throughout the Bible. Let’s have some fun and see if you can name them. There were nine: seven from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. Anyone remember? As I have been thinking about Easter and what the Lord might have me to preach, I turned to the account of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus with a desire to see the symbolism on and surrounding the events of the cross. Today I want us to read Matthew 27:24-26 and notice the first of these that I will share with you today and next Sunday.
You are familiar with the circumstances leading up to this event. Judas had betrayed Jesus into the hands of the mob, and then they brought Him before the Sanhedrin to be formally charged. The Sanhedrin led Him to Pilate and wanted him to take care of Jesus, but Pilate sent Him to Herod. Herod however sent Jesus back to Pilate, and this is where we find Him in our text. Pilate had examined Jesus, but had found no fault in Him. He most likely would have let Jesus go had it not been for his fear of the people who were crying out for the death of Christ. Even Pilate’s wife tried to get him to leave Jesus alone, but the people persisted. Let’s read our text now.
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.
There are three thoughts in this account that I want to deal with this morning. As we consider them, we’re going to get an insider’s look at decisions that were made that day about Jesus, and here’s the good news, today you’ll have that same opportunity! That’s what makes the gospel so great! Nowhere are we allowed to sit by passively and give to the Lord our bodies without also giving Him our minds and wills also.
For the Word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Isn’t that wonderful? No matter who you are or why you came today, God wants to take His living, powerful Word and do soul surgery on you during this hour. He already knows your thoughts and motives and secret desires. He already knows whether Jesus is real in your life. He already knows what you’re thinking and whether or not you’re following Him like He desires for you to, but today He’s going to take His living Word and help you to know your thoughts, your motives, and desires and give you the opportunity to bring them into the light. God is calling you to know His Son. He is calling you to a life of consecration, to a life of service because you love Jesus and want to show Him that you love Him.