Washing My Hands of This


“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ Matt. 25:44-45 (NKJV)

Have you ever heard the expression, “I’m washing my hands of it…” It is a disclaimer expression.  Sort of like those WARNING labels on the back of virtually every product we buy these days.  It might as well say, “I am not at fault for what you are about to do…” This is exactly what Roman Governor Pontius Pilate did when he chose to hand Jesus over to be crucified (Matt. 27:11-26).  

Pilate knew Jesus was innocent of the charges brought against Him, and so he repeatedly questioned those who wanted Jesus condemned, saying, “Why, what evil has He done?”  But the people cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” (Matt. 27:23). When Pilate saw he could not prevail at all, but rather a great revolt was happening, he feared because he knew if he continued to stand behind Jesus, he would suffer greatly. 

Not willing to suffer loss Pilate turned, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”  Pilate had washed his hands of the whole situation, and yet he really didn’t, as he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified (Matt. 27:26).

Q:         So how does this story apply to us as Christian men and women? 

Well, even though we will never be in this exact position as Pilate was, we will be given a choice as to whether we will defend, or provide for others, or we can simply look to our own interests and therefore choose to wash our hands of the situation.  You see, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matt. 25:45). 

When we invest into other people it will cost us.  It may only be a little food or some of our time, but it could cost us more than we were originally planning to invest.  When we face these times, we need to seek the Lord for His will, and then invest as if we were doing it for our Lord Himself (cf. Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31). 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 25:44-45, what can we learn about investing our lives into the lives of other people?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you investing into those in need as if it were the Lord Himself?

APPLICATION: Let’s take time to look around each day for the opportunities to invest into the lives of those in need. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your many blessings upon our lives.  Thank You for giving us the ability and opportunity to invest these resources into those in need.  Help us to see these opportunities today, and may You be glorified in our actions.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

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