“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” —Matthew 27:24-25
The Crucifixion of Christ was the crowning sin of our race. In his death we shall find all the sins of mankind uniting in foul Conspiracy. Envy and pride and hate are there, with covetousness, falsehood, and blasphemy, eager to rush on to cruelty, revenge, and murder….
There have been unbelievers and deriders of Jesus in all time; but just now the race is of fouler speech than usual. Once infidelity was philosophical and thoughtful, and great names were to be found upon her roll; but now her noisiest advocates are bullies after the manner of Tom Paine, men who seem to delight in wounding the feelings of the godly and crushing every sacred thing under their feet. These are the true followers of the men whose mouths were full of “Crucify him! Crucify him!” They cannot endure that Jesus should be remembered, much less revered. They claim to be “liberal,” and to be large-hearted towards all religions; but their unmitigated scorn of the faith of Jesus is displayed on every possible occasion, proving that the spirit of persecution burns within them. It would be idle for these to say that they would not crucify Christ, for they do crucify him to the utmost of their power by their profane speeches against him.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 28
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 5, 1882 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Sermon No. 1648, “Pilate and Ourselves Guilty of the Saviour’s Death”