Mt. 27:25: “And all the people answered and said, ‘His blood be on us and on our children.'”
This is what the people said to Pilate when he washed his hands before them saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person [Jesus]. You see to it.”
Pilate could find no fault in Jesus because there was none. The people took the fault upon themselves, but what struck me this morning was that they not only took the fault upon themselves, but they put it upon their children, as well. Wow! That’s some kind of serious burden and legacy to place upon your own children.
Back in Ps. 78, Asaph writes, “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.” (vs. 2-4)
What happened between the time he wrote this and the time that Jesus was standing before the people and Pilate? Well, just because one father decides to tell his kids about the Lord doesn’t mean they all do. We know that. That is why people did not recognize the Messiah when He came. He was standing right in front of them, and instead of worshiping and honoring them, they took their blood upon themselves and their own children, crucifying Him.
We have the same responsibility today that Asaph had all those years ago, and it doesn’t matter if we are a parent or not. Jesus is going to come back one day for His bride. We must not hide the parables and the truth about our loving Savior and Messiah from the generations around us. We need to tell the praises of the Lord. He is worthy! We need to talk about His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. He is mighty!
We can leave a wonderful legacy to the world around us. A legacy of eternal life and reward. There is still time to help those around us recognize the Messiah and give Him honor. Get involved in sharing the gospel one way or another. Don’t let someone meet their Messiah unprepared because you weren’t willing to open your mouth. Let’s follow Asaph’s example and leave the legacy of hope they’ve been granted through grace.
Thank You, Jesus Christ, for our salvation through Your death and resurrection! Thank You for Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness through the cross! We praise You, and You alone, our King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Amen.
Pr. 20:7: “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” (Now that’s a legacy worth leaving!)