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, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" — Matthew 27:24-25
The more I read the Bible the more I find deeper meanings and applications. I believe that's what keeps God's Word so alive and vibrant after thousands of years. I can't think of any other books that have that kind of shelf life!
This one in Matthew struck me, because it represents a dichotomy. The crowd answered Pilate in what I can only imagine as being a heated and angry shout.
"Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
Yet how amazing that the very thing they shouted for was the very thing they needed—Christ's blood shed for them. They wanted Jesus to die, and they were willing to accept the consequences and responsibility. What they perceived as a potential burden was actually their ticket to freedom. What they demanded in anger and evil, God intended and used for good. For each of those individuals, for their children and for us.
Praying and believing,