So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.” Luke 23:4
After Jesus was arrested and scrutinized by the priests, the elders and the scribes, He was taken to the Roman governor of that region, Pontius Pilate. This scene reminds me of what it might look like in heaven one day, but there is one big difference. There will be no beating, scourging or crucifixion.
The scene may play out something like this: I will be taken up to heaven and stand with my Lord Jesus at the throne of God. Except, Jesus will stand between me and the judgement. There will be an accuser to try to condemn me and take me away from my Savior for all eternity, but my heavenly Father will say: I find no fault in her. The price for my life has already been paid! There was a verdict, a brutal beating and death penalty paid for all my iniquity, transgressions and sin. So, when I stand at the judgement seat, God will look at the spotless lamb and see that I have been made whole and clean from the stains of sin and that my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.
When Jesus took that sentence condemning Him to death, it was my sentence. He didn’t have to stand condemned; He didn’t have to take the beating and He didn’t have to die on a cross. He could have stopped it at any one of those moments, but He took it for me. He kept me in mind. He thought: “If I don’t do this for Lynette, she will have to bear this shame, humiliation, suffering and pain all by herself. I love her way too much to let her go through this, so I will take it for her!”
He thought that about you too! In fact, He had all people in mind as He took on the punishment for all people’s sin, for all time. He paid the price for every sin that every person committed, past, present and future. He covered it all!
If you have never received His salvation through the payment HE made in your place, it is not to late. You can do it right now! As long as there is breath in your lungs, you surrender your life to Him and exchange it for the sacrifice of His love and eternal purpose. He wants all people to receive the gift of living for all eternity with Him in that glorious, beautiful place and have a home there with Him forever, and in this world He will take all your bad and replace it with all His goodness.
Today I want to encourage you to be so thankful that Jesus stayed in His place to take on your sin. Remember what HE went through, you now do not have to. He took your place and mine and now we can live forever with Him in His glorious kingdom. If you have never received His gift of salvation, grace and forgiveness, don’t wait another minute. Pray this prayer from your heart and receive Him into your life right now.
Pray: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know Your Son, Jesus died to pay the penalty of my sin. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 23:1-12
1 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”
3 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.”
4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”
5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean.
7 And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.
9 Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.
10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.
11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.