“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
The innocence of Christ is not an earth shattering concept for the Christian as we believe that Jesus lived a sinless life. What is remarkable is that even those who were opposed to Him recognized that He was an innocent man.
After betraying Jesus, Judas Iscariot realized that he had sinned in betraying an innocent man. The chief priests and the elders did not argue with Judas to convince him that he was doing the right thing or convince him of Jesus’ guilt because they too knew that He was innocent.
When Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus he returned and said that he found no law that Jesus had broken. His wife sent him a message instructing him not to “have anything to do with that innocent man.”
In the end Pilate gave in to the desires of the mob and handed Jesus over to them. Before he did so however, he washed his hands and declared that he was innocent of Jesus’ blood, signifying that Jesus was indeed an innocent man and he would not be held responsible for His death.
We are capable of living lives that are exemplary enough that our friends will defend us no matter what the circumstances. It is another thing entirely to live such an exemplary life that even those who are opposed to us recognize the kind of life that we live even if they don’t like it. This was the innocence of Jesus.