What Jesus Did! 'Nothing!' — Luke 23:13-16

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pilate called all the people together with the leading priests and the {Jewish} leaders. Pilate said to them, "You brought this man (Jesus) to me. You said that he was trying to change the people. But I judged him before you all. I found no wrong that he had done. Jesus is not guilty of the things you say. Also, Herod found nothing wrong with him; Herod sent Jesus back to us. Look, Jesus has done nothing wrong. He should not be killed. So, after I punish him a little, I will let him go free."
— Luke 23:13-16 NLT
Illustration of Luke 23:13-16 NLT — "You brought this man (Jesus) to me."

Key Thought

"Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty." That pretty much settles it. Jesus didn't deserve to die. He was falsely arrested, falsely accused, falsely tried, and falsely executed. He doesn't die for crimes he committed, but for our sins so we could be set free and made children of God.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you for your grace. Precious Lord and Savior, thank you for your willing sacrifice for my sins. Holy Spirit, thank you for your transforming work in my life. May my life never be an affront to the grace given me, the sacrifice made for me, and the Spirit that lives in me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • 1 Peter 3:18


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.