Articles by Stan Dean

Who Is Responsible For Jesus’ Death?

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Although it was twelve years ago, many of you will remember the big controversy that brewed over the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ.” It was the “hot” topic of discussion in the media for days. I remember listening to the various points of view that centered on: “Who killed Jesus?” In reality it was not a new debate, but a resurrection of one that has existed since His crucifixion. So, again we ask, “Who is responsible for Jesus’ death?” This is not necessarily a one answer question. Thus, the following comments will explain what I mean.

Did the Jews kill Jesus? There was been an uprising by many in the Jewish community over the Gibson movie saying it is anti-Semitic. However, the Bible shows quite clearly that the Jewish leaders in particular plotted against Jesus to put him to death (cf. Matthew 27:1; I Thessalonians 2:14-15; etc.). These are other passages give overwhelming scriptural evidence of Jewish participation in the death of Christ. Yet, if we think the Jews are solely responsible- - read on.

How about the Romans? Since Rome was the world power at the time, their approval was necessary for anyone to be sentenced to capital punishment. In fact, a secular historian, Tacitus, wrote that it was Pilate (a Roman official) who gave his consent for Jesus to be put to death. The Bible solidifies that account (cf. Matthew 27:24-26). Still, if we think the Romans are solely to blame- - read on.
Was it not also the Heavenly Father’s will that Jesus be the sacrifice for man’s sin? (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:21). Further consider that “God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16). Also, Acts 2:23 instructs that Jesus was “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God.” Then, it was due to the Heavenly plan that it happened- - right? Read on.

How about the personal choice of Jesus? Remember He said, “I lay down my life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself” (John 10:17-18). Oh, then it was… read on.
All of the above answers could be true given the right context. However, if there is one comprehensive answer it would be: “WE ALL ARE RESPOSIBLE FOR JESUS’ DEATH!” due to our sins. Isaiah wrote, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

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