When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” Matthew 27:3-4
There are those in the biblical Text that believe Jesus is innocent. There are others who condemn Him as guilty.
Whatever his initial motive was, Judas came to realize what he had done. He had betrayed ‘innocent blood.‘
Pilate’s wife …sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” Pilate himself asked the crowd who were condemning Jesus as guilty, “Why? What crime has he committed?”
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 responsibility!” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!” Matthew 27:24-25
The guards, the Centurion, Joseph of Arimithea… they all, by their words and actions, declared Jesus either innocent or guilty.
The question of Jesus’ guilt or innocence does not come to us. We do not have to make that decision. Jesus Himself declared with power who He is when He came back from the dead. More than just innocent, He is the King of Glory!
The whole epic story of Matthew 27 was under the sovereign plan of God. Innocent Jesus was condemned by guilty people to save from condemnation those who condemned Him. Only God does this.
Father, I worship You and thank You for the grace found in Jesus. Help me today to live in that grace and to demonstrate the power of the resurrection in my life. You are good and your love endures forever! I live for You today.