Summary: This message examines those persons and groups that were responsible for the crucifiction of Christ. It is sermon No. 2 in my series on Passion Week-the last days of Jesus Christ.
"Who Is Responsible For The Death of Jesus
Day 2 of Passion Week(a day of disappointment &
righteous anger-the cursing of the barren fig
tree, and the cleansing of the Temple)
Note: Some of the ideas presented herein are my
own, and some come from a sermon by Roy Angell, in
his book Baskets of Silver-Broadman Press, 1955.
This is much discussion going on now concerning
the new movie directed by Mel Gibson, entitled, "The
Passion of the Christ." Sold out theaters across the
country testify to the fact that people want to know
about Jesus. This may be one of the greatest evangel-
istic contributors that the Christian church has ever
benefited from. It seems that the whole world is
talking about Jesus. I agree with Franklin Graham
that this is good, and I pray that much good will come
from this re-enactment of the passion of Christ. I
have seen articles about this in local newspapers,
heard it on tv, observed in in magazines, and over
the radio. If the church ever needed to step up and
speak out, it is now. People are curious about Christ, and they need to hear the truth about who killed Jesus, and what it all means to their lives.
This is our "Golden Opportunity,". Let’s not miss
With this in mind, I want to preach today on the
subject-"Who Is Responsible For The Death Of Jesus
Christ?" Much has been talked about over the media
concerning this, and feelings that anti-Semitism are
being encouraged are shared by many, apparently.
Who really did kill Jesus? I am stating what I be-
lieve the Scriptures teach is the correct answer to
that question in this message this morning.
I. First of all, THE NATION OF ISRAEL(the Jews), are
responsible for the death of Jesus. This differs
with the author’s view mentioned above.
Now, wait just a moment before you get too angry
or accuse me of anti-Semitism. I love Israel, I
love the Jews. They were, and still are, the
special chosen people of God. I wish no harm to
them, I long to see them turn to Christ. Every true
Christian, I believe, feels this way. I believe
that the greatest friend the Jew has is a true,
born-again Christian believer. They are the
people through whom God sent Jesus, the Messiah, and
our prayer is that God will bless, protect, and
save Israel. God is not through with them yet. The
time will come when Israel turns in faith to Christ,
and mourns for Him and His forgiveness. See Zechar-
iah 12:10-"And I will pour upon the house of David,
and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit
of grace, and of supplications: and they shall
look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall
mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son,
and shall lie in bitterness for him, as one that is
in bitterness for his firstborn." See vs. 6 also-
"And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds
in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with
which I was wounded in the house of my friends."
Romans 11:26-"And so all Israel shall be saved;
as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the
Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from
As Paul said, "Blindness, in part, is
happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles
be come in."(Romans 11:25)
In the chosen text that I read at the beginning of
this messasge today, Peter accused his own people,
the Jews and said to them, on the day of Pentecost:
(Acts 2:36) that "God hath made that same Jesus,
whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
Jesus prayed on the cross-"Father, forgive them..."
He meant the Jew, the Gentile, all races, all
nations, all mankind. We all are guilty before
God of the crucifiction of Jesus.
II. Secondly, GOD THE FATHER HAD A PART IN THE
DEATH OF HIS ONLY SON.
You may say, "How could God allow His Son to suffer
and face rejection and ridicule as He did, when He
could have delivered Him?" It is simply and plainly
taught in the Scriptures that He did this because
He loved you and me-all mankind, and that it pleased
God to let Him suffer, and bear our iniquities, so
that we could be saved eternally. See Isaiah 53.
There God is said to have smitten Jesus. And,
truly, this is so, for if God had not loved us so
much, He never would have allowed His Son to go
through the torture that He did for our sins. But,
"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are