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

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

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Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, "Look, here is the man!"

When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

"Take him yourselves and crucify him," Pilate said. "I find him not guilty."

— John 19:5-6 NLT

Key Thought

"Not guilty!" That's the true verdict on Jesus. However, he assumed our guilt and sin on the cross so that we can be freed from them. He died 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 gift of forgiveness and freedom from sin that are 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 and commit to staying 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 series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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.