The Question has been a source of contention throughout the ages; who killed Jesus?
Was it the Jewish leadership in Jesus’ day?
- John 5:18 – Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
- John 10:31-33 – 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
- Luke 23:21 – But they shouted, saying, “Crucify [Him], crucify Him!”
- Matthew 12:14 – Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Was it the Romans?
- Acts 2:22-23 – 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know– 23 “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
- Matthew 27:26 – Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered [Him] to be crucified.
- John 19:1 – So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged [Him].
- Matthew 27:28-29 – 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put [it] on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
- John 19:23 – Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.
- John 19:34 – But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
Was it God the Father?
- Romans 3:25-26 – 25 whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
- Romans 8:32 – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
- Isaiah 53:10 – Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put [Him] to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see [His] seed, He shall prolong [His] days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
- Acts 2:23 – “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
- Luke 22:42 – saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
Was it You and Me?
- Isaiah 53:5 – But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
- Romans 5:6-8 – 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus was Willing
- John 10:17-19 – 17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” 19 Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings.
Who killed Jesus? The Jews, Romans, God the Father, or you and me? YES