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Focus Verses: Matthew 27:24
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an
uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the
crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your
Judas experienced remorse for his actions, he tried to return the
money the priests and elders had given him to betray Jesus. They said,
"It's your responsibility, not ours." When Pilate saw that the crowd
was out of hand and determined to see Jesus crucified, he said, "It's
your responsibility, not mine." In the same way, it's easy for me to
look at Judas, the priests and elders, Pilate, the crowd, and the Roman
soldiers and think, "It's their fault; they're responsible for Jesus'
death. It's their responsibility, not mine."
scriptures, the Spirit, and my own conscience tell me that I need to
take responsibility for my sin if I am to truly understand who Jesus
is. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
along with the sins of all humanity, are the reason Jesus died on the
cross. He was wounded for our transgressions. For us and for our
salvation he came down from heaven. For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate, suffered death, was buried, and rose again on the third
Response and Action:
will give thanks to God for the saving work Christ Jesus did on the
cross. I will not deceive myself by refusing to take responsibility for
my actions. I will confess my sins, repent, and surrender my life to
Christ. I will confess Jesus is Lord and look to him for salvation and
renewal. I will take the responsibility and take initiative to follow
in the steps of Christ by the power of his Spirit.
God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Thank you for Jesus who, in becoming
human and dying at the hands of sinful men, demonstrated your great
love for all humanity. By the power and grace of your Holy Spirit,
save and renew me. Give me a heart that delights in your will, a mind
to walk in your ways, and a desire to bring glory and honor to your
Spiritual Formation Verses: 1 John 1:8-10
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
The Incomparable Christ
by John R. W. Stott