All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
I feel like this verse holds some hidden spiritual meaning. Recall the generation that came out of Egypt; the men aged 20 and over all died and could not enter the Land because they believed the evil report of the Ten Spies. What do you think happened to them? Are they damned? Do they get a chance to repent and be welcomed into the world to come by their merciful Father who redeemed them for the house of slavery? I can’t think of scripture that says that isn’t the case. I know there are Jewish sources that say Moshe himself will gather them in Messianic times and they will enter the Promised Land. I think an epistle says something, but I can’t find it just now.
I think it is reasonable to think that those people who rejected the Promised Land through their human frailty have a second chance. If that is true, then why not the people gathered before Pilate? They asked for a wicked man to be freed and wanted nothing to do with the righteous Messiah. They rejected good for evil, godly for fleshly, just like those people who believed the lies of the Ten Spies.
The sacrificial system in the Torah uses blood to atone for sins, but literally it is to cover up the sins. The kapparah is made by taking the blood of an innocent and placing it upon an object or person to elevate to a state of holiness. The pascal lamb’s blood on the lintels in Egypt covered up the guilt and sin of the people in those houses. The cohanim, Aaron and his sons had blood placed on their right ear lobe, thumb and big toes as part of their inauguration into the priesthood in the Wilderness. On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, blood was sprinkled on the Tabernacle and later the Temple, in order to cleanse it, by covering up the sins and spiritual uncleanliness of all Israel. Followers of Messiah believe their sins are covered by his blood as well.
So what does it mean when the people declare that Messiah’s blood is on them and their children? Is that some sort of sealing of salvation for Israel? Is whatever it means specific to that generation and their offspring? Is it only those people who were gathered there?