Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be taken away. When a person is saved, he is always saved. Nothing can separate him from eternal life in Christ and he can live with full assurance of Heaven as his future home.
"Matthew keeps showing us the abundant proof that Jesus was innocent. There are no just charges. In three phases of the Jewish trial there were no just charges. Then Judas recanted and he could do nothing other than to confess that he had betrayed innocent blood.
And then we will come to Pilate and five times Pilate said he was innocent. And then there was Pilate’s wife and she said He was innocent. And then there will be a thief hanging with Him that knew He was innocent. And then there will be a Roman soldier that looks up at Him as He died and he will say he was truly the Son of God. Matthew just piles on the evidence that in every venue by every person that ever came in contact with Jesus they found Him guilty of nothing but grace and truth.
We need to keep this in the back of our minds. We would not need all these details to get Jesus to the cross. God could have allowed some twist of fate to get Him there, but He didn’t. Time is taken to show there is no doubt that Jesus lived a sinless life. He was the just dying for the unjust. The innocent took the place of the guilty. We go free because the spotless Lamb of God fulfilled the Old Testament types. He was the last lamb, the ultimate sacrifice who is able to put away sin forever." (Excerpted from the sermon, Pilate Condemns the Prince of Peace)
Pastor V. Mark Smith