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Summary: GOD WOULD HAVE YOU SOLVE THE MOST IMPORTANT MURDER MYSTERY OF ALL TIME - that is, the MURDER of Jesus Christ.

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INTRO ¶ - There is no FREEDOM of the PRESS in China. Most if not all of us have followed the continuing saga of the airplane collision & the subsequent detaining of 24 military personnel...The governmentally

controlled Chinese media’s officially sanctioned story has been that we took aggressive action against them...anti-American sentiment.

There was no FREEDOM of the PRESS in Israel during the time of Christ. The officially sanctioned story of Christ was that after His crucifixion, His disciples stole His body & had claimed He had risen again.

The Apostle Peter knew this to be untrue, so he used this occasion of the coming of the Holy Spirit to preach the truth about Jesus Christ.

TEXTUAL ¶ -PETER INDICTED THOSE WHO WERE GUILTY OF THE

LORD’S CRUCIFIXION.

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RELATIONAL ¶-How many of you enjoy watching “Whodunits?” - Murder Mysteries {Murder She Wrote, Columbo...} This morning, GOD WOULD HAVE YOU SOLVE THE MOST IMPORTANT MURDER MYSTERY OF ALL TIME - that is, the MURDER of Jesus Christ. You may be thinking that such an endeavor = TOO EASY! After all, everyone knows that the fault lies with Pontius Pilate...or Judas Iscariot...But the scriptures suggest

others = involved.

WHO PUT JESUS ON THE CROSS? Was it...

1.)...the JEWS?(vs. 22a & 23b)

“Men of Israel...this Man...you nailed to a cross.” - Note Peter’s lack of specificity. He doesn’t single out the Sanhedrin or Caiaphas... “Men of Israel.”

Annas, Ciaphas & the Sanhedrin were certainly GUILTY.

THE TRIAL = FARCE!

a.) No trial = allowed at NIGHT.

{Jesus tried & convicted between 1-3am}

b.) The Arrest = result of a BRIBE.

c.) TESTIMONY = INCONSISTENT.(Mark 14:56)

d.) Jesus was asked to INCRIMINATE HIMSELF.

e.) No hearings were to be done during a festival.

f.) Judgment wasn’t to be passed until the DAY

AFTER conviction.

g.) They themselves STRUCK him. “Prophesy, who hit

you?”

So why does Peter implicate them all by saying “Men of Israel?”

ANSWER: THEY ASKED FOR IT! (Matt. 27:24-25)

But Peter = addressing several thousand Jewish people - 3,000 will be converted! Many had nothing DIRECTLY to do with the death of Jesus...weren’t among the mob that shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” How were they guilty?

[TR] You’ll see in a moment, but first we must consider a 2nd suspect.

Was it...

2.)...the ROMANS?(vs. 23b)

“by the hands of godless men”

Jewish law prevented the Sanhedrin from executing prisoners, so they delivered Jesus to the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate.

Pilate = tragic figure...wanted no part in this lynching of Christ so he sends Him to Herod, who sends Him back...tries to appease them by offering Barabbas...Then he has Jesus scourged & worked over by

Roman soldiers...hoping that would appease the crowd. “Behold the man.”

Pilate was like so many today...NOT hostile to Jesus but more desirous of appeasing the crowd...fitting in!

Certainly Pilate & the Roman soldiers deserve some blame for the crucifixion.

[TR] But there = 2 others to consider. Who put Jesus on the cross? Was it...

3.)...YOU?


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