Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, and he announced his verdict. "You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent. Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him."
— Luke 23:13-16 NLT
"Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty."
That should have settled the matter. Jesus didn't deserve to die. He was falsely arrested, falsely accused, falsely tried, and falsely executed. He didn't die for crimes he committed, but for our sins. He suffered and died so that we could be set free and made children of God. As the "Servant Song" of Isaiah had prophesied many years before:
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 NRSV).
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 who lives in me. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.