When I was a little girl, I would occasionally wake up from a nap crying "take him down! It hurts him, take him down!". When my mom would question me, I would tearfully explain that I had been dreaming about Jesus, and I wanted them to take Him off the cross, because it hurt him so. The crucifixion has always affected me. Even now, I don't like reading the chapters in the gospels that detail the death of Jesus. I read them - but I don't like them.
Last week, I was reading in the book of Matthew and inevitably came across the 27th chapter - the chapter that records Jesus' final hours on earth. As I read, with tears streaming down my face, as usual, I was struck by a thought that had never occurred to me before. I was reading the account of Pontius Pilate washing his hands of the blood of an innocent man. Pilate's wife had come to him and entreated him not to have anything to do with Jesus, as she had been suffering with dreams on account of him. Pilate tried numerous times to release Jesus, but was always met with "crucify him!". Finally, in an act of resignation, Pilate took water, washed his hands in front of the multitude and said "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it."
As Pilate washed his hands of responsibility, the multitude, including the Pharisee's and high priests answered, saying "His blood be on us, and on our children". I have always cringed when I read that! If only they would have known, they NEVER would have cursed themselves and their children by spilling the Son of God's blood. But, as I thought on this, I realized, that unbeknownst to them, they were, in fact, blessing themselves and their children and, in reality, every sinful human being ever to walk the face of the earth. Only by the blood of Christ are we washed clean. Only those covered in Jesus' blood can stand before the Father without blemish. Only those who cry out "let His blood be on us" can stand before the accuser with full confidence of victory.
The truth is, every time we sin - every time we lie, cheat, steal, think unclean thoughts - we are chanting "crucify Him". But, by the Grace of God, we can be redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus.
So now, I will bless my family. As I pray for my husband, for my parents, for my children and my brother, I will pray "let His blood by on us".