“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!” ~ Matthew 27:24
His was in no ordinary position. He was the governor, a very important position that wielded power to make decisions that would have far reaching consequences. And there he sat on the judgment seat, with Jesus standing bound before him. The crowd hurled accusations against Jesus, seeking him to be crucified. But it would not happen until Pilate gave the go signal. And though he was warned by his wife not to have anything to do with the death of Jesus, he gave in to the crowd’s pressure, giving the verdict for Jesus to be crucified. And then he washed his hands, as if to say he’s completely innocent and has nothing to do with the death of Jesus. But heart of hearts, he knew that Jesus was innocent not to deserve such a death.
Don’t we behave like Pilate at times? Though we know the truth, we compromise because of the pressure of the people around us. Some even abet others to do wrong, to commit sins, to do acts of wickedness and crime. But then guilty conscience starts pricking, you see! Then to suppress the voice of conscience, we wash our hands, like Pilate, as if to say, we are innocent…. ‘I did it because they asked me to, because they forced me to. The market wants such stuff…I get good fast money…it sells like hot cakes…’ Well, we may seem to being good for now, but it won’t last very long. We cannot point the finger at others. The blame game doesn’t work.
If you are involved in such an activity or part of an industry or business that propagates or produces stuff with deviant content, consider your doings. Let’s remember abetting or contributing towards evil and wrong will exact consequences.
“Dear Jesus, I believe that the path to righteous and holy living is found in You. Help me live such that I can be pleasing to you. Amen.”
What are you doing with your hands?
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