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January 18, 2014


Matthew 27:19

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.



On a July day in 1491 the dean of the church at Seville assembled the chapter in the Court of the Elms and said, “Let us build a church so great that those that come after us may think us mad to have attempted it.” The result of that dream was the glorious cathedral at Seville.

No great cathedral was ever reared except on the foundation of a great dream, and no great life was ever built except upon the foundation of a dream. Joseph dreamed greatly, and a great life was the result.

– Unknown



As Pilate was sitting in the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: ‘Leave that innocent man alone, because I had a terrible nightmare about him last night. If Pilate had released Jesus, as his wife requested, his place in history would be completely different. But he only listened half-way. When she says to him “Have nothing to do with him he is innocent,” what does Pilate do? He releases the criminal Barabbas instead. And then he washes his hands before the crowd, as a sign that he is innocent of Jesus’ blood. He bows to the pressure of the crowd and turns Jesus over for execution.

Because of his innocence, I become innocent, for when we begin to trust Christ, who he is, starts to remake us into his image. In our unity with him we become innocent – even though by all accounts we should be counted as guilty. By all accounts Jesus should be counted as innocent but he was treated as guilty. We are guilty but because of him we are made innocent–just–righteous people.  This is God’s doing in our lives and I would invite you to open your life to what God has done and is doing through Christ Jesus.


Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 5:7


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