Matthew 27:25 “Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”
Jesus stood trial before Pilate and faces His accusers, the chief priests and others. They accused Him of sedition and being a traitor to the Roman crown. Pilate offered to release Jesus to the Jews, but they demanded that a zealot named Barrabas be released to them. As part of their demand for the execution of Jesus, the Jews cried out for His blood to be upon them and their children.
Contrary to popular belief, the Jews did not kill Jesus; the Romans did. The Jews demanded His death, but the cessation of life occurred at the hands of the Romans. This picture should give us all reason to pause and think about who really shed the blood of Jesus. With the Jews demanding His death and the Romans carrying it out, both Jew and Gentile killed Jesus, as was to be expected. Jesus said that He came to give His life as a ransom for many. The Bible tells us that He died for the sins of all mankind. Thus, each and every one of us living, dead, and yet to be born put Jesus up on the cross and executed Him. It was not God’s original design, but it pleased God to crush Him for the atonement of our sins and redeem us from the flames of hell!
Don’t you dare think for one fraction of a second that you had nothing to do with Jesus dying on the cross. We, ALL, had something to do with it because we were born into sin and required someone to be the human sacrifice, whose blood would cleanse from sin and give us eternal life. Jesus was that One; there could be no other. Only God in human form would have been able to fulfill the stringent requirements of the Law and thus be righteous enough to save mankind from hell! However, only those who accept the Messiah’s sacrificial atonement will be given eternal life.
Father, as much as it pained You to send Your Son, the one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, You did to save me and all those who are called to You by Your Spirit and have accepted Your love gift of eternal life through Jesus our LORD! His blood is upon me and all who have gone before me, are with me, and will come after me. We didn’t deserve His precious blood to set us free and save us, but You deemed it necessary. Thank You for loving us when we deserved death. WE owe our very lives to You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.