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.
Pilate condemns Jesus to death while he seeks to absolve himself of responsibility for it. No matter how a sinner tries to evade responsibility for sin, he cannot wash himself
of it. Thanks be to God that Christ took responsibility for the sins of the whole world and let Himself be crucified for our sakes.
I pray: I am guilty,
Lord; grant me Your forgiveness and a new heart. Amen.