Who Killed Jesus?
WhoKilledJesus by lcl
Who is to blame? See if you find the answer below in the the record. The possibilities include: God the Father, Jesus himself, Satan, the priests and elders of the Jews, the Jews that shouted for his death, Judas the betrayer, Pilot the Roman governor in charge of the trial, the Roman law, a combination of several involved or another unmentioned possibility.
Mat 27:1 And it becoming early morning, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death.
Mat 27:2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Mat 27:3 Then he who had betrayed Him, seeing that He was condemned, sorrowing, Judas returned the thirty pieces of silver again to the chief priests and elders,
Mat 27:12 And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
Mat 27:13 Then Pilate said to Him, Do you not hear how many things they witness against you?
Mat 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, Whom do you desire that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?
Mat 27:18 For he knew they had delivered Him because of envy.
Mat 27:19 But as he was sitting down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, Have nothing to do with that just man, for today because of Him I have suffered many things in a dream.
Mat 27:20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowd that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
Mat 27:21 The governor answered and said to them, Which of the two do you desire that I release to you? They said, Barabbas.
Mat 27:22 Pilate said to them, What then shall I do with Jesus, who is called Christ? They all said to him, Let Him be crucified.
Mat 27:23 And the governor said, Why? What evil has He done? But they cried out the more, saying, let Him be crucified!
Mat 27:24 But when Pilate saw that it gained nothing, but rather that a tumult was made, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person. You see to it.
Mat 27:25 Then all the people answer edand said, Let His blood be on us and on our children.
Mar 3:1 And He again entered into the synagogue. And a man was there who had a withered hand.
Mar 3:2 And they watched Him to see if He would heal him on the sabbath day, so that they might accuse Him.
Mar 3:3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, Arise! Come into the middle.
Mar 3:4 And He said to them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill? But they were silent.
Mar 3:5 And looking around on them with anger, being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, Stretch out your hand! And he stretched it out. And his hand was restored whole, like the other. Mar 3:6 The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Mar 14:1 And after two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by craft and kill Him.
Mar 15:1 And immediately in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.
Luk 23:27 And a great multitude of people were following Him, and of women who also were bewailing and lamenting Him.
Luk 23:28 But turning to them, Jesus said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Joh 10:17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment from My Father.
Joh 19:10 Then Pilate said to him, Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to crucify you, and I have authority to release you?
Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, You could have no authority against Me unless it were given to you from above. Therefore he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.
So, there you have the story from scripture! We see that Jesus would not have been captured without Judas betraying him and the Roman guards taking him into custody. Judas was interested in the money at first. He may have also rationalized that he could force Jesus into his role as an earthly king to free the Jewish people from the Roman control. He later realized that what he did was wrong and gave up the money and killed himself. It is wrong for man to try and control god.
The priest and elders turned against Jesus when he challenged their authority and clearly showed that they were wrong in not accepting him as the Messiah sent by God. They plotted to use the Roman law to have him killed. Remember that if the priests were found to be wrong in calling god’s son a devil sent by Satan, they could have been stoned to death. The Jews were not very forgiving to false prophets. Mosiac law required death aspunishment. Pilot had the Roman authority behind him as governor and implementor of Roman law. But, pilot wisely listened to his wife who had heard from god. He washed his hands of the responsibility for judging Jesus and gave the task to the people. That was probably a good political move also to keep peace.
The Jewish people judged Christ publicly when they shouted for his death. They were also guilty of giving honor to the priests and scribes over Jesus who showed them mercy and miracles from god. They even said that His blood should be on them and their children. Truly, god has allowed their chastisement for 2000 years by a world accusing them. In reality though, the immoral world hates Jesus and the Christian world should know better than to go against god’s will to forgive them and bless Israel. The only reason for punishing the Jews would be for political gain, (uniting people against a common foe) or for jealousy for their being blessed by god, or for selfish pride that god chose the Jews over the rest of the world to bless. The Jews made a mistake, but god still loves them and will bless them in His kingdom. Read the book of Isaiah.
Isa 40:1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
Isa 40:2 Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received of Jehovah’s hand double for all her sins.
Isa 61:2 to preach the acceptable year of Jehovah and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
Isa 61:3 to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that He might be glorified.
Isa 61:4 And they will build the old wastes, they will raise up the ruins of former times. And they will repair the waste cities, the ruins of many generations.
Isa 61:5 And strangers will stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the stranger will be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
Isa 61:6 But you will be named the priests of Jehovah; it will be said of you, Ministers of our God; you will eat the riches of the nations, and you will revel in their glory.
Isa 61:7 For your shame you will have double; and for disgrace they will rejoice in their portion; therefore in their own land they will possess double; everlasting joy will be theirs.
God forgives all sinners that repent and turn to Christ for grace and guidance. The Jews will realize their mistake in the next age and even kill their sons and daughters who try and prophesy.
Zec 12:9 And it shall be in that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the people of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be bitter over Him, as the bitterness over the first- born.
Zec 13:2 And it shall be in that day, says Jehovah of Hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall be remembered no more. And also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
Zec 13:3 And it shall be when any shall yet prophesy, his father and his mother who gave birth to him shall say to him then, You shall not live; for you speak lies in the name of Jehovah. And his father and his mother who gave him birth shall thrust him through when he prophesies.
All the above were forgiven by Jesus on the cross. If we do not forgive them we are against god’s will and are being judgmental when Christ forgave us.
Luk 23:33 And when they came to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified Him and the criminals there, one on the right, and one on the left. Luk 23:34 And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. And parting His clothing, they cast lots.
We could certainly say that Satan had a hand in the death of Christ when he caused people to be led astray. He wanted to destroy god’s son and rule as king (being equal to god). He influenced Judas, the priests and elders and the Jewish crowed. Is he to blame?
Finally, we consider that Jesus said to pilot that authority was given for His crucifixion from above ,and that He was giving up His life voluntarily. Was he saying that God the Father had sin culpability. No, only that the Father had sent Him for this purpose ,and that He was assuming all sin on Himself by His agreeing to carry out the will of His Father. But why would the Father will this horrible thing to happen? We come to the overriding purpose for all of this. The sin of mankind through Adam and Eve and mankind’s freewill had to be covered for those who were to come to Heaven. There was no other reason that Jesus had to die. All of those who were to be saved from Hell and the Lake of Fire caused the death of Christ. He paid the price for their grace and the victory over the death Satan gives to living beings. Mankind’s sin really put Jesus on the cross. We killed Jesus! All the others above only played a partin carrying out god’s will. God the Father controls all things for ultimate good and does not sin. Jesus and the Holy Spirit also do not sin. Give thanks to Christ for His obedience to the Father and compassion for mankind!