When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.”
─ John 19:6
Jesus was murdered, even after He was found faultless by Pilate (Luke 23:4). The religious leaders of Jesus’ day didn’t bring Jesus to Pilate because of a crime against Rome, but because they believed He had broken their own religious laws. They believed He blasphemed God, one of the most serious crimes against their religious court and punishable by death according to Jewish law.
Accusing Jesus of blasphemy, they thought, would give them credibility to their case in the eyes of their own people. Accusing Jesus of treason would give their case credibility in the eyes of Rome. They didn’t care which accusation stuck to Jesus, as long as Pilate allowed them to kill Jesus. They wanted to get rid of Jesus because He didn’t conform to their rules.
Jesus was faultless, not just in Pilate’s eyes, but in God’s. He had done no wrong; He’d committed no sin. Yet, God allowed Him to go to the cross and die in exchange for the sins of mankind. Ephesians 1:4 tells us because of what Jesus did for us, we are holy and blameless in God’s eyes.
Today’s One Thing
Give God praise for His great love. Take time to demonstrate His love to someone today.