Summary: Who was responsible for the death of Christ?

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Who Killed the Lamb?

Isaiah 53:1-6

1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 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.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

The question of who was responsible for the death of Christ is an age-old one. The Jews have been held responsible for centuries. Even today, this is the “super-weapon” used by those who are prejudiced against Jews, such as the Arian Nation, a white supremacist group.

One day a pastor and his wife were out shopping and they stopped at a Jewish shoe store. The pastor had had many conversations with the owner before, so he knew his religious convictions. Almost immediately the owner began the conversation with, “Why don’t you preachers inform your people correctly about the crucifixion?”

Then he proceeded to tell a sad story about his little 8-year-old daughter who came home from school crying one day. Her mother said, “What’s the matter, honey?” The little girl answered, “Judy won’t play with me anymore.” “Why not” asked her mom. “Because her mom says we are Christ-killers.”

This is a sad story that’s been repeated countless times through the centuries. This leads naturally to the question, “Who really did kill Jesus?”

There’s only one place to look for the answer—the Word of God! A close examination will reveal that there were several parties involved in the crucifixion of the Son of God.

1. The Jewish Leaders of Jesus’ Time

Matt 26:59: The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.

Matt 27:25: All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"

Acts 2:22, 23: "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.”

Many other scriptures could be cited but surely these ought to convince anyone that the Jews of Jesus’ time had a hand in His death. But they were not alone.

2. Gentile Leaders

The means by which Jesus was executed is distinctly Roman. The Jews stoned those convicted of capital crimes. The Romans who borrowed the method form Babylon, always crucified.

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