Pilate’s Wash Bowl
What became of the wash bowl Pilate used? You remember -- the one he called for to “wash his hands of the whole affair” involving Jesus. His weak and cowardly way of avoiding responsibility in the death of Jesus, "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" - Matt. 27:24.
Have you ever wondered what happened to Pilate’s wash bowl? By washing his hands, Pilate thought he could absolve himself of any responsibility for the death of Jesus Christ. It was indeed a stupid and ludicrous gesture on his part -- but he did it, nonetheless.
Judas didn’t end up with the bowl. He realized his responsibility in betraying the Lord and took his own life. The apostle Peter didn’t have the bowl. When he realized his denial of the Lord he repented and returned to his duty of service to the Lord.
Has the wash bowl been lost forever? I don’t think so. It turned up the other day in the hands of a member of the church of which YOU are a member. A person who became a Christian and was added to the Lord’s church assumed the duties of a member of the body of Christ. He became part of a living body, not a dead carcass. Remember Peter’s description of the church? “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” - 1 Peter 2:5
The person we have in mind called for Pilate’s wash bowl when he was given the opportunity to do the Lord’s will. This person heard that he/she ought to be teaching the word of God (Heb. 5:12) but didn't want the responsibility. This individual “washed his/her hands” of it. Next, this person realized there was a duty to help the weak, the needy, and the discouraged, but decided to let others do that. More hand washing. Repeatedly, when this person realized there was a job to be done for the Lord, the wash bowl was again called for.
Now, it is good to be hygenic and keep your hands clean, especially when it comes to sin. But don’t b afraid to have “dirty hands” in the service of the Lord. Be willing to get involved. Be ready to assume responsibility. Actually all this is summed up in the words of Paul to Titus. Those whom the Lord has redeemed from iniquity are to be “a peculiar (special) people, zealous of good works” - Titus 2:14.
Get rid of Pilate’s wash bowl forever.
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