The Innocence of Christ

We are Grace Presbyterian Church are preparing to come to the Lord’s table this coming Lord’s Day (we celebrate the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of each month). I’ve been reading Luke’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion, and I was struck yesterday by the good doctor’s repeated emphasis upon the innocence of Christ as he stood before Pilate and the Jews.

Luke 23:2 – The Sanhedrin accuses Jesus of forbidding the people to pay taxes to Caesar, something he had clearly not done (20:25).

23:4 – Pilate declares, “I find not guilt in this man.”

23:14-15 – Again Pilate avows, “…having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him.”

23:22 – When the Jews demanded that Jesus be crucified, Pilate “said to them the third time, ‘Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death.’”

23:41 – One of the criminals on the cross tells the other one, “We indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

23:47 – The centurion at the foot of the cross claims, “Certainly this man was innocent.”

23:48 – “All the crowd who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts.”

The righteous one was put to death for the unrighteous; He who knew no sin was made sin for us (and punished for our sin), so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor. 5:21). Meditate today upon the sinlessness of Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.



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