What Jesus Did! 'I Find Him Not Guilty' — John 19:5-6

Friday, November 23, 2018

Then Jesus came out. He was wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is the man!" When the leading priests and the Jewish guards saw Jesus they yelled, "Kill him on a cross! Kill him on a cross!" But Pilate answered, "You take him and nail him to a cross yourselves. I find nothing I can charge against him."
— John 19:5-6 NLT
Illustration of John 19:5-6 NLT — "You take him and nail him to a cross yourselves. I find nothing I can charge against him."

Key Thought

"Not guilty!" That's the true verdict on Jesus. However, he assumes our guilt and sin on the Cross so that we can be freed from it. He dies as a sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world so that everyone who truly comes to him can be declared "not guilty" before God. Praise God for his incredible grace and praise Jesus for his incredible sacrifice!

Today's Prayer

Father, I praise you and your Son for the incredible gifts of forgiveness and freedom from sin that is mine through Jesus bearing my sins on the Cross. May my life show that I appreciate this incredible gift and that I take sin seriously enough to stay away from it. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17, 19, 21
  • Colossians 1:19-23
  • 1 John 2:1-2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.