Today’s Thoughts – 21 September 2020
But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
During the trial of Jesus, Pilot constantly tried to free Jesus. He said he found no fault in Him (John 18:38), he stood Him next to Barabbas and let the Jews decide who to release (John 18:39-40), he humiliated our Lord in hopes the Jews would be sympathetic and drop the charges against Christ (John 19:4-5). Alas, none of that worked to release Jesus.
The application comes in the fulfillment of the law. The Word says that we are not justified by the law (Romans 3:20), but that the law is a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ (Galatians 3:24). And thus Christ fulfilled the law here.
While the Jews were sacrificing spotless lambs for their Passover to be roasted for the evening meals, Jesus was being pronounced guiltless by Pilot. Thus, Christ became their perfect sacrifice, and the Jews unwittingly insisted that He became the ultimate, atoning sacrifice for the world.
This was God’s plan from the very beginning (Genesis 3:15). And although the trial and crucifixion were the fulfillment of prophecy and the accomplishment of God’s will, it doesn’t absolve the participants of their responsibility. And neither does it absolve us of our sin.
Our sin is what put Christ on the cross. As we live our lives, we must live in light of that truth. When we sin, that weight is what Christ endured on the cross. He promises to forgive us if we simply come to Him and confess (1 John 1:9). Live today claiming that promise, knowing that Christ is at the right hand of God interceding for us.