Luke 23:1-5: Innocent.
Jesus was crucified on trumped up charges. In terms of human justice it was a travesty. Legally it was a stitch up. Pilate knew it, and it is important to take note of his repeated assertions of Christ’s innocence: ‘I find no basis for a charge against this man’ (4). He never shifted from that viewpoint. But morally he was too weak to carry through what he knew to be right. He caved in under pressure. The Roman Procurator was a ‘reed’ swayed by the wind.
So Jesus died:
- Because of false charges;
- Because of a feeble, fickle ruler who had jelly where his backbone should have been;
But here is the real reason:
‘For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…’ 1 Peter 3:18.
Prayer: Thank you dear Lord Jesus, for your innocent suffering on my behalf, so that I can have a clean slate and an open relationship with Father God. Thank you for being my substitute in death and judgment. I am in awe, and deeply grateful.