When the captain there saw what happened, he honored God: "This man was innocent! A good man, and innocent!" Luke 23:47
Jesus’s body is hanging on the cross. He has just breathed his last. The captain, the man put in charge of making sure that this man actually dies, looks up at the lifeless form. He realizes that the man in the middle, the one they called Jesus, was innocent, had been wrongly accused and killed. He thinks “nuts we screwed up!”
Ever feel that way? Like you have just made a big mistake and you just don’t see any way to turn back? But that is the whole point of Jesus’s death on the cross. There is no mistake we can make that won’t be forgiven. He died for every one of our sins, so that we would receive forgiveness.
Yes, Jesus was innocent, but he still paid for our guilt.