Judas said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” —Matthew 27:4

So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. —Matthew 27:7-8

  For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.  Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” —Matthew 27:18-19

 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” 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.” —Matthew 27:22-24

While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day—Matthew 28:11-15

they say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.” —Psalm 94:7

            The innocence of Jesus—

  • Was acknowledged by Judas
  • Was proclaimed by “blood money”
  • Was known by Pilate
  • Was communicated by Pilate’s wife
  • Was a political pawn in Pilate’s decision
  • Was confirmed by the chief priests bribing the soldiers

All these people were guilty in undermining the innocent, spotless and blameless Lamb of God.  They might think “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive,” but they are wrong.  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  All will appear before Him whether they believe it or not.  We will all appear before Him— those who believe will appear before Him as their Savior.  Those who have not believed will appear before Him as their Judge.  Who will He be to you when you appear before Him?

Dear Father, I am so thankful that You drew me to Jesus to call on His Name.  Now may I encourage others to do the same.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus, the Lamb of God.

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