His blood be on us!
Scripture reading for October 14th: 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 the ravages of sin because it tells of a Savior who willingly took our sin and loved us so much that He gave His life for us. He offered it on our behalf as a part of God’s plan to bring us back to Himself.
Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:14-15) Why Judas sold his Master, we are not actually told, except that he belonged to the evil one and was not one of the true disciples. The Jews sent temple guards to follow Judas to the place where Jesus was praying with His disciples. Judas betrayed his master with a kiss. Jesus told Judas and his followers to do what they came for and offered no resistance.
He was taken to Caiaphas, the High Priest, and the Sanhedrin, who met early in the morning. (Matthew 27:1) Caiaphas asked Jesus if He was the Christ, Son of the living God. Jesus answered “yes” and that He would be seated at the right hand of the Mighty One and come on the clouds of heaven. (Matthew 26:63-64) Because of this, 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 had predicted.
Jesus stood before Pilate, the Roman governor, the only one with authority to put Him to death. Pilate listened to the charges and asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jews. Jesus answered “yes”. Jesus made no other defense against the charges! He tried to get the crowd to release Jesus, but they insisted on having a criminal released, demanding Jesus be crucified. Pilate symbolically washed his hands of Jesus’ blood and placed the responsibility on the people. They cried: “Let His blood be on us and on our children.” (Matthew 27:25)
Two thousand years later, the truth of who Jesus is still freeing sinners! He is “King of the Jews” and the “Christ, Son of the living God”! His blood alone can cleanse those who call on Him! In faith, cry out to Jesus for that covering on you and your children!