Matthew 27:24 — “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.” In this, the first sermon of a new year, we consider Pilate’s actions in this iconic scene. We think about what he was trying to do and the message he was trying to communicate to those who were baying for Jesus’ blood. His behaviour points to something that is indispensable in the Christian life. Without it we will not grow. We will not see the change in our lives that we long to see. We will not experience the joy and peace that God desires to give us.