Pilate said, "You refuse to speak to me? Remember, I have the power to make you free. I also have the power to kill you on a cross." Jesus answered, "The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. So the man who gave me to you is guilty of a greater sin."
— John 19:10-11 NLT
Sin clouds our thinking. Sin tempts us to overestimate our abilities; then sin ensnares us in its deceitful and deadly web of death. Sin wounds others. And as Jesus reminds us here, not all sin is the same! Some folks have suggested that one sin is not greater than another because all sin separates us from God. While the latter part of that statement is true, the first isn't. Jesus' own people, people who knew the character and the promises of God distorted their legal process, called down curses on themselves and their children, and honored a godless emperor as their king as they asked for God's Son to be killed. While Pilate's weakness and pandering to the crowd is definitely sin, Jesus emphasizes that the sin of his own leaders was the greater sin. Sin matters to God—all sin and every sin matters to God! However, some sin involves us engaging and influencing others to sin. Some sin—especially that of parents, Bible teachers, and leaders—gets replicated and passed on as a sin problem to coming generations. Some sin involves our own bodies, the very temple of God through his Holy Spirit. So let's not be glib about sin. Instead, let's focus on doing what is right, saying what is true, and keeping our commitments to the God of all grace. And when we do sin? Let's acknowledge it before God and receive his gracious gift of forgiveness and cleansing.
O LORD, God of the heavens and of the earth, you are a great wonderful God, full of holiness and grace. Forgive me of my sin; I regret my rebellion. I ask you for your forgiveness. I need the power of your Holy Spirit to both cleanse me and strengthen me as I seek to live for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 John 1:5-2:2
- 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
- Matthew 18:5-6
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.