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. (Matthew 27:24-25, ESV)What a horrific cry! As I read this this morning I am reminded of the rashness of things we say at times, and how our words often make trouble for us. How much more so this statement from the Jewish crowd, in throwing aside their King! How lamentable is their loss, as we see the Lord Jesus crushed in response to their arrogance and blindness! Let not the weight of this moment in history miss us; Christ the Lord, Messiah, root of Jesse, David's Son, Lion of Judah, Lamb of God - rejected with a defiant oath, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
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