Thought for The Day – Sunday 30th May

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While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

Matthew 27: 19

This is the one woman in all the gospels who speaks up for Jesus for him to not be crucified. Now, she doesn’t defend his character necessarily, but does this from her want to stop suffering in her dreams. She doesn’t say that he is innocent, or that he is a good man, she says for Pilate to not have anything to do with Jesus. We will see later that Pilate washes his hands of this, and says for people to note that he is not responsible for the death of this man. He excuses himself from having any responsibility in the matter of Jesus’ innocence. It is interesting that a man with lots of power excuses himself from having any responsibility in this incident, while Jesus does not try to get out of anything.

Prayer: Jesus, you did not shy away from giving up your life so that all people are able to be forgiven their sins, and we can receive abundant grace from God. Thank you for showing us what is like to be responsible, and to be active players in our lives and in this world. May we not take this responsibility lightly, but fully embrace and take on being full players in this world you have given us.

Action: What is one area you can be a full active player in rather than sitting on the side lines?