“Not guilty!” It’s a phrase in a courtroom that can bring a sigh of relief for a person accused of a crime. It’s a phrase that Pilate said twice to Jesus’ accusers. In Luke 23:4 he said, “I find no guilt in this man (NASB).” In Luke 23:14 he said it again, “I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him.”
Yet his accusers insisted he was guilty (23:5). When Herod questioned Jesus, they were there “accusing Him vehemently (23:10).” When Pilate professed Jesus’ innocence a second time, telling them, “nothing deserving death has been done by Him (23:15).” When Pilate again stated Jesus’ innocence: “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death (23:22),” the crowds demanded that he be crucified.
Our accuser the evil one persists in trying to convince us of our guilt. As sinful people, we are deserving of eternal death. Guilty as charged. Yet Jesus, the one who did nothing to deserve death, died on the cross to save us from our sin. When we believe in Jesus and choose to follow him, salvation is ours. Because of Jesus, even though our accusers persist in claiming we deserve death, we are given the verdict, “Not guilty.” We are are set free.
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