What Jesus Did! 'Not Guilty' — Luke 23:1-4

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Then the whole group stood up and led Jesus to Pilate. They began to accuse Jesus. They told Pilate, "We caught this man trying to change the thinking of our people. He says we should not pay taxes to Caesar. He calls himself the Christ, a king." Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, that is right." Pilate said to the leading priests and the people, "I find nothing wrong with this man."
— Luke 23:1-4 NLT
Illustration of Luke 23:1-4 NLT — "I find nothing wrong with this man."

Key Thought

The charges that the enemies of Jesus present are all lies. Pilate sees through these lies and goes to the crucial question: is Jesus King of the Jews? Jesus acknowledges that he is. Pilate pronounces him not guilty. In fact, in the Gospel of Luke and in his companion volume, the book of Acts, Romans officials are repeatedly looking on Jesus and his disciples with favor. Unfortunately, however, political expediency often wins out over truth—as it does here with Pilate. Finding nothing wrong with Jesus, even recognizing him as an important teacher or a righteous leader is not enough. Do we believe he is the Son of God, our Savior and Lord? Are we willing to base our lives on his death, burial, and resurrection by confessing him and sharing with him in his saving work through baptism? Do we believe that he can transform us totally by pouring his Holy Spirit into our hearts and working his will in our lives? Jesus must be far more than a good guy and a great teacher. He must be our Lord! If he is not, then we will simply put him into the most convenient place in our lives rather than letting him totally transform us.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, please do your work in my life. I believe that Jesus, your Son, is the Messiah, my Savior and my Lord. I fully trust that he lived on earth as a human like me and that he gave up his life on the cross, that he was buried, and that you raised him from the dead. Please conform me to his character through the Holy Spirit who is at work in me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 10:9-13
  • Romans 6:3-8
  • Titus 3:3-7


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.