Taking responsibility for our actions is something that is missing in our culture. Instead of taking responsibility, we want to blame others. And, at times, even when we are wrong, we want to act as if we had nothing to do with it.
Pilate did this. Jesus was brought before Pilate. There was a custom that each year during the Passover, Pilate would release one prisoner. Pilate gave the people two options; Jesus or Barnabas. The people chose Barnabas.
Pilate tried to get the people to change their mind, but they wouldn’t. They insisted on releasing Barabbas. At this point, Pilate should have said, “Jesus has done nothing wrong- I’m releasing Jesus.” But instead, he gave the crowd what it wanted and released Barnabas then, Pilate washed his hands and said, “The blood is on your hands…”. Not necessarily…the blood was on Pilate’s hands too but he wasn’t taking responsibility.
Each one of us need to be willing to accept responsibility. Did you mess up? Ok, accept responsibility and learn from it. Don’t lie about it.
There is an old saying; “Every tub has to sit on it’s own bottom.” That refers to taking responsibility.