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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pilate Washes his Hands, Let the Blood of Christ be Upon Your Children

Today's Reading:
  • Matthew 27:15 - 31
  • Psalm 33:12 - 22
Matthew 27:15 - 31
Jesus was brought before Pilate to have his fate determined.  Pilate did ask the crowd if he wanted Jesus to be released to them, but at the persuasion of the elders a criminal was chosen to be released instead. 

Pilate then famously washed his hands so that they would be free of the blood shed of the innocent man.  The crowd agreed that they would let the blood be upon them and their children.  All I can think of is that they laid a terrible burden upon themselves and their children that day. 

Jesus was then led away to be flogged.  Afterwards they mocked him with the crown made of thorns while they abused him some more.

I don't really have any more to comment on this right now.  It's difficult to read.  It reminds me of when I watched The Passion of the Christ.  I know he was tortured and suffered greatly.  His death would have to be terrible to be able to atone for all our sins.  And still it gives me distress just to read about it.

Psalm 33:12 - 22
This Psalm reminds us that no strength of our own, nor the strength of our nation, nor the strength of our warriors and warhorses can save us.  Victory is for those who believe and fear the Lord.  The Lord will provide and shield those who trust in Him.  So put your trust in the Lord and the rest will fall in place.

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