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. Who killed Jesus?

WHO KILLED JESUS

who put Jesus on the cross?


Introduction.

Whttps://laymansbible.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/who-killed-jesus-who-killed-jesus.jpge are living in a day and age where people are more concerned about the temporal than the spiritual. They are more concerned about that which they see in the movies and on television than that which is eternal and recorded in the pages of Scripture. Many years ago there was a program on television called Dallas and in it one of the key role players named JR got shot. People took it so serious that the newspaper billboards read ‘who shot JR’, magazine covers read ‘who shot JR’ and there were even bumper stickers that read ‘who shot JR’. The bumper sticker I liked was one that said ‘I shot JR’, which was someone’s crazy idea of answering the question that everyone was asking even though nobody knew what the answer was.

Well, in the spiritual realm there is a more important question to ask and that is; ‘who killed Jesus?’ This question is maybe the most important question anybody can ever ask. I was tempted to join John Piper in the title of a sermon he ‘who killed the King of Glory?’ However you put it, the very simple question is this – ‘who killed Jesus’?

Well the answer I guess we would all love to provide is that it was either the Romans, or the Jews, or the Scribes, or the Pharisees, or wasn’t it a Judas thing. Maybe Pilate should be blamed because he could have prevented it, or maybe Herod. Who killed Jesus? In our last sermon on the parable of the Loving Father we said that the Pharisees killed God. The Father reached out in all His love to both prodigals, but they took a piece of wood and they beat Him to death, and that we meant the cross. But there is obviously more to it.


Peter helps us in Acts 2:22-23 & 36 (ESV) “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

I remember when I was a little boy I saw a painting of the crucifixion. This painting was unlike any painting I was used to. Normally paintings of the crucifixion looked across the crowd at three figures hanging on crosses. Some will focus on Christ on the cross and somehow seek to portray His pain and suffering. The painting I saw as a child was painted from the opposite side. This one was focusing on the crowd from the perspective of the cross, and showed some of the crowd sneering, others with clenched fists, others spitting at Christ, others with a visible expression of cursing and snarling exhibited on their faces. Others were throwing things at Jesus and others were laughing in a mocking way, then there were those like His mother in tears while others cast lots over His clothes. Also amongst the crowd were Roman Soldiers the Pharisees, Scribes and priests. This painting had a title which was simply this ‘were you there’? Let us ask this question of ourselves this morning, ‘were you there, as one of His killers?’ Did you not maybe kill Jesus?

I have to assume that your first reaction is a feeling of denial and resentment that something so far away could even begin to be laid at your feet. I mean, you have a good alibi, don’t you? I was born 2000 years later, surely you cannot suspect me. Were we there, did we kill Jesus?

With Peter I want to say to all of us here this morning, that you were there and you did kill Jesus. Let’s identify with the Jews for a moment.

How Can Peter Say to them, "YOU Crucified Jesus"?

Remember that he is talking to several thousand Jewish people in Jerusalem (3,000 are going to be converted, v. 41!). Many of these people had nothing directly to do with the death of Jesus. Even if many of them were among the mobs that shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" you know that in a crowd this large there were a good number who did not do that—they weren't even there on that day. But Peter doesn't seem to be worried about that. In verse 23 he says, "This Jesus YOU crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men." And at the end, in verse 36, he says, "This Jesus YOU crucified." How can he say that?

He can say it because everybody in that crowd was involved in the crime against Jesus that brought him to his death. The essence of the crime against Jesus was not the ending of his physical life. The essence of the crime against Jesus was the rejection of God in Jesus' life, but even more critical than that, it was our sins that put Him there. Think with me carefully about this. It is tremendously important and has major implications for us today.

Turn with me to Isaiah 53:3-5 (ESV) 3He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”

I want to focus for the rest of this sermon on verse 5. Yes like the Jews in the time of Christ rejected Him, by our very nature we reject Him; we hide our faces from Him because according to Romans 8:7 the mind of the natural man is hostile towards God. But it is more that our rejection that makes us culpable. We are culpable because of what we read in verse 5. So no matter how good our alibi, no matter how far we see ourselves from the event, our fingerprints are all over the crime scene. I have one statement to make, and that is ‘I killed Jesus’. Let me share with you four of those fingerprints that prove that we were there and that we killed Him.

 

Fingerprint 1. Our transgressions killed Him.

 

Verse 5 says that ‘He was wounded for our transgression.’

The fingerprint of our transgressions clearly shows that we were there. Even though the verbs in this section are past tense they refer to what we will look back on when the suffering servant comes. Sadly the Jews who viewed this very event never realised just what the suffering servant prophecies meant. They thought that Jesus was dying for His own transgressions and therefore would not believe that it was for their transgressions that He died and therefore they did not feel culpable. Notice the personal pronouns ‘our’ in the text.

It is because of our transgressions and our iniquities for our peace so that we can be healed.  Jesus was the substitute recipient of God’s wrath that was directed towards us. He was sinless, but He took our sins upon Himself. Hebrews 4:15 (ESV) 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

It was our transgressions that Jesus was wounded for. With every blow that those nails went through His hands it was my overstepping of the boundaries, it was my acts against God’s will, it was my sins that He was bruised for. What love is that? No greater love can be shown than someone dying for the sins of others. Scripture says that someone might still die for a good man, but for a bad person like me, only God can love so much.

 

Fingerprint 2. Our iniquities killed Him.

 

Verse 5 says that “he was crushed for our iniquities.”

It is the fingerprint of our iniquities that shows that we were there. Iniquities are the lack of justice, or acting unjust, wickedly or immorally. While wounded in the previous section may refer to something that does not seem fatal, crushed here implies a breaking of bones, beaten, bruised, stoned. Not only was Jesus dying here for our iniquities, but it was felt by Him. It was not just academic knowledge that it pleased the Father to crush His Son for our sins, but the Son felt it, blow by blow as He was whipped for our sins. Every tentacle of that whip with bones and stones tied to them carried our names and our iniquities. We were the ones who went astray as sheep, we are the ones who are not without sin, we are the ones who do not live in line with justice, yet He paid it all. Oh and to think that Jesus would leave heavens glory to take upon Himself the form of a servant, a suffering servant, dying in our place. We were the unjust, we should have died as the wages of sin is death, but the ‘Just’ thought of us and died for the ‘unjust’.

 

Fingerprint 3. It was for our peace that He was killed.

 

Verse 5 says that “upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace.”

I am reminded of the song we sung in the days gone by that says: ‘oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer. What is this peace that His chastisement brought for us? Various commentators give various opinions. Some believe it is the total well-being of man that got restored when Jesus paid for our sins.  I believe that it is a restoration of our relationship with God. As mentioned earlier, the mind of the natural man is hostile towards God, meaning he is not at peace with his creator. How can a condemned man enjoy peace in any case? How can a man on death row enjoy peace? There is no peace for the sinner. We are by nature guilty by the law of sin and death. But look at the cross and hear Him cry ‘tetelestai’, ‘it is finished’ their debts are paid.  “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” Now we can shout with Paul in Romans 8:1-3 (ESV) “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh…” He died so that we might have peace. This peace that passes all understanding that protects our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus can only be experienced in a relationship with Christ.

Thank God for the power of the cross. We know that the message of the cross is foolishness for those who do not believe, but for us who believe it is the power of God.

 

Fingerprint 4. It was for our healing that He was killed.

 

Verse 5 says that “with his stripes we are healed.”

For the Jewish mind sickness and sins were inseparable. They would understand the words of Isaiah.  By His stripes we are healed is not with a focus on healing of sickness as we see proclaimed today in the health, wealth and prosperity movement, even though we do believe that God can miraculously heal us. The greatest sickness man suffers of by nature is the sickness of sin, and there is no medical officer or medicine that can take care of that. The wages of this sickness is death, and the only medication for this sickness was to be found in the blood of the lamb. It cost the blood of one who did not have the blood of an earthly father in His veins to die in our stead. He became the perfect Passover lamb.

Church family, there is none like Christ, there is nobody who could pay for our sins but Christ, but always remember, it was our sins that put Him there. We killed Him, but in the process the wrath of God was bestowed upon His Son so that we might live. He is the only one who is worthy, just as John experiences in Revelation 5:1-14 (ESV) “Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped”.

In closing I need to say the following before one angle of the murder of Jesus is misunderstood. While it was the Jews who arrested Him; while it was the Romans that nailed Him to the cross; while it was our sins that put Him there, Jesus’ life was not taken from Him; instead He freely laid down His life for all of humanity because He loves us. That’s the force behind the words of Jesus in John 10:17-18 (ESV) 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” No one took Jesus life, no one forcibly killed Jesus; He freely laid His life down for us. At any moment while He was on the cross Jesus could have called 12 legions of angels to come and fight for Him. Do you realize that’s 72,000 angels? Jesus could have called 72,000 angels and they would have taken Him off the cross and fight for Him, no one took Jesus life by force, He freely gave His life for us.

The saddest part of it all is that for too many Jesus’ death will be in vain. They’re not willing to love Him like He loved us. They’re not willing to dedicate their lives to serving Him. Is that you? Are you going to let your Saviour die in vain for you? Or would you look up at the cross and see His great love for you and respond to His invitation to you, to turn to Him and have life. I invite you today to call upon Jesus to save you from the bondage, the guilt and the punishment of sin. All who repent and call upon the name of the Lord will be saved from God’s wrathful judgment. GOD'S OWN SACRIFICE PROVIDES ETERNAL LIFE TO REPENTANT, UNDESERVING, TRUSTING HEARTS. He will save you by grace and not your own self-righteousness, and He will keep you by grace and not your own self-righteousness.

Were you there? Yes you were, and even though we contributed to the killing of Jesus, for us who believe the cross marked not the end but the beginning.

Amen!

Logos Community Church: - 1 July 2018