Focal Passage: Luke 22:66-23:49
It seems every so often the question of “Who killed Jesus” comes up. For ages the accusation was leveled that it was the Jews who killed Him. This has caused a great deal of isolating, torturing, killing and looting of Jews for the last 2,000 years.
Others say it was the Romans. Crucifixion was a Roman means of execution and torture. It was Roman soldiers who hammered the nails. Centurions were on guard at the cross.
Under the order of Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator, they forced Him to Calvary and then killed Him. Some compromise and say that it was both – Jews and Gentiles.
Together they killed Jesus. Some say we did it with our own sins.
What is important in this debate is that one understands the meaning of the question. When considering the definition of the word “killed” one finds that it is defined as committing murder, to deprive of life, to destroy. When reading the scriptural account of the crucifixion, we find that this question is not even relevant.
When we consider the definition of kill – no one did.
When you put the gospel accounts together, from the Last Supper to His last words, Jesus was totally in control. At any point He could have called a halt to the proceedings. At any point He could have stepped away without the suffering and pain. As the songwriter says, “He could have called 10,000 angels” to come to His aid. But, you and I should be thankful that He didn’t. Because He gave Himself freely, He saved me instead.
While suspended between heaven and earth, He sought forgiveness for those who were crucifying Him. He hung there in obedience to God giving us the means to come back to God. Forgiving the thief crucified with Him also shows that if we ask He will forgive and provide salvation.
As Ronnie Hinson has penned, “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind.” He is the only way for salvation; there is no other way. What keeps us from receiving Him or living for Him today?