His Blood Be on Us

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Matthew 27.25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

As we approach Easter, let us consider the crowds that demanded that Jesus be crucified. Barely a week prior, this crowd had hailed Jesus as He rode on a donkey, as their Messiah and King. They were right about that. But they had not eyes to see from God’s perspective. They had only human, earthly perspective. They wanted a political king; they wanted to be saved from their current predicament.

Before Pilate, the crowd asked for Barabbas to be released, and for Jesus to be crucified (under the chief priests’ and elders’ persuasion). Pilate washed his hands and declared himself “innocent of the blood of this just person.” The crowd replied, “His blood be on us, and on our children.”

They were right about that, too.

In the book of Acts, Peter set them straight about what, exactly, happened. Acts 5.27-30 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28Saying, you… intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said… 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree

All humanity were a part of that crowd – we were a part of that crowd. In our flesh, we want nothing to do with the Holy and Righteous Son of God. Just as Eve decided in the Garden, we prefer to be our own gods and decide for ourselves how we want to live.

But God had a different plan, and a different love.

Jesus’ blood, that blood that we spilled, the blood on our hands: That blood is the same blood that God planned all along to save us. He used that blood to cleanse us from the sin of desiring that blood.

Ephesians 1.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. John 3.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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9 thoughts on “His Blood Be on Us

  1. The important word in this blog is “and our children.” Recall that Jesus told the Jewish Pharisees they were not Abraham’s children or they would have Abraham’s faith and put their trust in Him. Some in history (think Inquisition and Nazis) used these verses to say Christians should blame only Jews for killing Jesus.
    But it was a Roman soldier who held the hammer and spikes, authorized by a Roman governor.
    And Paul makes clear, as you do, that I AM GUILTY! We are ALL guilty until we are adopted into His family.
    “Father, have mercy on me, for I was a child of Jesus’ murderers as surely as if I had swung the hammer to put the spikes in your hands and feet. Forgive ME for piercing your side with a spear. Pardon my sin of casting lots for His garments. Do not remember me ridiculing you, ‘Come down from the cross; then I will believe.’ Father, forgive me. I did not know what I was doing.” 🙏😢

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  2. Shortly after the crowd cried “Let his blood be on us and our children,” Jesus, dragging His cross, told the weeping women, “Do not weep for me, weep for yourselves and your children.” But you’re right, the death of Jesus was caused by all of us and our sin.

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      1. You’re so right! We can’t save ourselves, and we certainly can’t save anyone else, even our children. It’s hard to see them making choices we don’t agree with, but we can entrust them to the One Person who loves them even more than we do. ❤

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