Matthew 27:24–26 (ESV)
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the
crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then
he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
is interesting to see that Pilate did not agree with the crowd, but he agreed to go along to protect his life and his political career. He claims “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” He wants to rid himself
of this injustice, but he goes along with it. How often do we do the same thing? How often do we repent of our sins, yet turn around and continue sinning. I think back to the workers at Enron who blatantly went against general accepted accounting
procedures. All lost their jobs when the company went under. Many went to prison for their actions.
I pray: O Lord, help me to do what is right,
and flee what is wrong. Let me cling to your sacraments for the forgiveness of sins. Amen.