Then answered all the people, and said, His blood [be] on us, and on our children.
Note 5 at Mt 27:25: This impetuous statement by the crowd had severe consequences. Not only did it damn their souls eternally, but it has cost the Jewish race untold suffering in this life too. In A.D. 70, when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, up to 500 Jews were crucified per day. Since that time, history has been bathed in the blood of Jews.