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Summary: An investigative look at Jesus’ last days before crucifixion Our search for the killer of Jesus: Prime suspects are Pharisees, the Chief Priest, Caiaphas, Judas, and the crowd. The crime seemed perfect. The Pharisees started it all, but turned it over to

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CSI: Jerusalem

Even perfect crimes backfire

An investigative look at Jesus’ last days before crucifixion

Michael Wiley

04/20/03

Introduction:

Our search for the killer of Jesus: Prime suspects are Pharisees, the Chief Priest, Caiaphas, Judas, and the crowd. The crime seemed perfect. The Pharisees started it all, but turned it over to the teachers and Chief Priest, Caiaphas. Caiaphas approved but turned it over to the governor Pilate. Pilate washed his hands of the situation, but gave his blessing. The pressure of the crowd seems to have forced the issue, but the roman soldiers drove the nails in his hands.

But as good CSI: investigators we must answer the question, “Who Killed Jesus?” God Killed Jesus!

The rest of our suspects – those who took part, are in no way exonerated.

The death of Christ was ordained and appointed by God Himself.

Transition:

Four Questions

1. What is the Evidence that God did it?

Many times Words incriminate more than deeds

A. The OT writes of what would come.

- Ps 22:16-18 16, Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

17, I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.

18, They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my

(NIV)

- Isa 53:4-5 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5, But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

(NIV)

B. Jesus clearly understood his primary purpose – single purpose was to die for the lost world, under bondage of the prince of this world – Satan! Early in His ministry he began to allude to His future. He told His disciples the bridegroom would be taken away. Later He told them He would be three days in the belly of the earth. Matthew 20 – “Give Life as a ransom for many.”

- Most revealing words that tell us Jesus knew it was God that would send Him to the cross is from John 12:23-33

John 14:30-31 - I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me,31, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. "Come now; let us leave.

(NIV)

C. The NT after Jesus’ death and resurrection understood it was God’s design. READ Acts 2:23 By God’s design, plan and foreknowledge, He Pharisees, Judas, Caiaphas, Pilate, Roman soldiers… Yet He never violated their will. He used their wicked hearts.

This brings us to the second question:

2. Why would God kill His own son?

A. To demonstrate His love for us (John 3:16)

John 3:16- "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

B. To Demonstrate His Justice (Rom 3:25-26)

Rom 3:25-26 - God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, (mercy seat) through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26, he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (NIV)


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