Summary: Using powerful pictures from "The Passion" this sermon lists all of the co-conspirators but cuts to the chase.

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Who REALLY Killed Jesus?

Mt 26:47-27:26

One of the first and most vocal groups to reject the movie is the Jews. They claim that the movie is anti-Semitic... anti-Jewish. They feel that the Jews come off as the bad guy... the villain. They also feel that is an unfair portrayal of the facts. Many say it was not the Jews who killed Jesus because they had no power to take a life... only the Romans could do that. Some point to Pilate and say he had the power to stop it, so he must bear the blame. Still others say it was the crowd, which was surely composed of many different types of people.

One thing is sure... there is more than enough blame to go around. Let’s take a look at all of the ones who played a part in that death.

First: the historical villain, the one at whom most people would point an accusing finger... THE JEWS.

There is no denying their part in the whole gruesome spectacle. All four Gospels tell us...

47And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. . . Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 57And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 59Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 63But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 66What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. 67Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands 68Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 3Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

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