After the Lord’s Table, Jesus is found at another table. This time there is a man who chooses to follow his caution instead of a Saviour. Pilate’s table has a washbasin called ‘the bowl of political correctness’. At the end of the day, Pilate is a politician whose security depends on the will of the people more than the will of God.
Pilate could not dip in the bowl of humility. As a governor there was too much at stake. One wrong move could spell the end of his career. A wrong move could start a revolt against Caesar. Pilate was too self-important to exonerate Jesus and set him free from the crowd of betrayers.
On the other hand, Pilate could not dip his hand in the bowl of betrayal. That would put him on the same level as the angry mob who had no principle. So Pilate took another bowl, poured water and washed his hands in it.
He washed his hands of responsibility for Jesus’ death. He could not personally vote in favor of the mob politics, but gave them a concession. He used his power to pardon one criminal from death row. And being a good politician, he put it to the constituency to vote on. Barabbas or Jesus? Who should be given the mercy of the court?
What about us? Are there times when we dip in the bowl of political correctness? We are confronted with popular opinion on a matter and think there’s too much at stake to really follow what we know to be true or truer.
If you are in a tough spot, try politics. There’s always a way to justify anything!
When you have to choose your attitude and response in dealing with someone who causes you trouble, do you wash their feet or do you wash your hands of them? Politics can be a smaller bowl than betrayal. At least with betrayal, you now who your enemy is. With political spin you can avoid the inconvenient truth.
Sometimes we get caught up in some political assassination of another’s character. Maybe you have taken part in bringing injury to another. Can a bad situation be turned around after so much injury and accusation has taken place? The only way back is a return to the bowl of humility.
So… what can wash away our sin?
What bowl will you dip in? What will make you right again? The only bowl that can wash us clean is in Jesus’ hands.
If this is what brings our forgiveness then let’s carry that bowl to wash one another with.