Happy Easter everyone!
I didn’t have my heart set on going to church on Good Friday morning, but I’m so glad that I did. It was quite moving to hear the whole of Jesus’ execution story read. I’ve heard it in pieces many times before and have probably read it in its entirety before as well, but some things really stood out this time, for the first time in my mind.
We often talk about Judas’ betrayal, we even refer to people who betray others as ‘Judas’, and it’s easy to hate him. However, rarely talk about what he did after that: he said, “I have sinned, for I have betrayed innocent blood.”, and he threw the money into the temple and hanged himself. How can you hate a man who turned away from his wrong actions so completely?
And when I heard,
[Pilate] 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, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
I was astounded! I’m not sure what was behind their desire to kill him: whether it be a general hatred, or whether they really thought it was right (because they thought him a blasphemer), or whether they were just in a mob mentality that they later went on to question and wonder what they had done. Whatever it was, I just think WOW.
Thankfully Jesus’ crucifixion isn’t the end of the story! Read Matthew’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
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