13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our forefathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One and requested a murderer to be granted freedom to you;
15 And you killed the Prince of Life, whom God has raised from the dead; of which we are witnesses.
16 And through faith in His name this man has been made strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that is through and by Him has given this man perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
17 And now, brothers, I realize that you did this through ignorance, as your rulers also did.
18 By the mouth of all his prophets God had predicted those things before, that Christ should suffer, and He has thus fulfilled the prophecies.
19 Therefore repent and turn back [to God], so that your sins may be blotted out, [Your sins are blotted out if, and only if: 1) you repent of all evil that you understand and able to turn from, and 2) you persistently and patiently wait on God in humble silence, listening and watching for His commands and teachings, obeying all you are commanded by Him, and endure in complete obedience to the end when you see Jesus appear in your heart to bring your salvation and eternal life. It's really simple and logical: if you are changed by the grace of God so that you not only do not sin, but don't even have a faint desire to sin, and are then guided by God in everything to do and say, there is no need to hold you accountable for your sins that have been destroyed by the Spirit; but make no mistake, you will still be accountable for your sin until you have crucified your sinful nature to have Christ become your true Lord, Master, and King.]
|Matthew 27:1-2,11-25 |
1 Now when the morning had come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said to him, "It is as you say."
12 And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13 Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they witness against you?"
14 But he never answered a word to him, so that the governor marveled greatly.
15 Now at that feast the governor, by custom, released a prisoner to the people, whomever they wished.
16 And they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas, at that time.
17 Therefore when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you wish me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?"
18 For he knew that they had delivered him because of envy.
19 Also, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent [a message] to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 And again the governor said to them, "Which of the two do you wish that I release to you?" And they said, "Barabbas."
22 Then Pilate said to them, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" And they all said to him, "Let him be crucified."
23 And the governor said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they cried out all the more, saying, "Let him be crucified."
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail with nothing, but that he was only creating violent agitation [in the crowd of people], he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person; therefore you suffer the consequence of the injustice."