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The Cursed Children

November 13, 2007

(Note: added a paragraph below.)

Matthew 27:24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; [2] see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged [3] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

These are truly chilling words. With this phrase, “His blood be on us and on our children”, the crowd condemned the Son of God to death. One of the things that really hit me this morning is the willingness to put Christ’s blood on them and their children. What a statement of the fall of humanity – an entire crowd is willing to call down a curse on themselves and their children – to take responsibility for the death of Christ. What irrationality, what depravity is on display here. They condemn the one who came to save them.

The amazing thing is how accurate the crowd was in the curse they brought on them and their children. They knew they were guilty of calling for Christ’s death, and they simply did not care. This is an apt description of our state as unbelievers. We knowingly disobey God, we knowingly do things we know are wrong, but we just do not care. We bring down the curse of God’s judgment by doing the sins that necessitated this sacrifice. We are the children of this unruly crowd.

The amazing thing is that Christ died FOR this very crowd, and for us, the children who also have his blood on our hands. Peter preached a sermon in Acts 2 that references this crowd as follows:

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

Here, we see two vital things. First, as stated above, the crowd demanded Christ’s death. Secondly, Christ died for that crowd, and repentance is available through that same Christ. The rest of Scripture expounds the truth that Christ was crucified for the very sins we commit. Peter, through the guidance of the Spirit, states that the promise is for them and their children – the very children they had cursed with Christ’s guilt. As the spiritual children of this crowd, we have been cursed, but Christ has also promised us redemption to us through the very death we facilitated.

Now the crowd had no power to curse us.  Rather, both we and they have been cursed by Adam and the Fall.  The crowd was merely echoing that truth in a chilling way.

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