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MONDAY, July 28

Matthew 27:24. So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands.

The spiritual heart of this story, and a key to almost every pain our Lord experiences, is shifting the human eye and attention from principle to politics, from truth to crowd pleasing. John the Baptist was executed by Herod because he did not want to be embarrassed before his guests (Matthew 14:9). Peter’s water-walking ended when he turned his attention from Jesus to the wind and waves (Matthew 14:30). In the same manner, Pilate knew the innocence of Jesus, but the roar of the crowd distracted him.


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