Published March 30, 2010
"Who Did It?"
Who really did kill Jesus? You've probably heard discussions about it as have I. The debate continues as it has for 2000 years.
Was it the Jews? They protested until Jesus was given to be killed. They did everything in their power to destroy this Jesus who changed their traditions and made the religious leaders uncomfortable.
Was it the Roman soldiers? They carried out the death threat and made it a reality. They nailed the hands and feet of Jesus. They put the cross upright in place. They pierced His side through. They made sure He was dead.
Was it the crowd? The crowd was swayed by emotions. They raised their voices against Jesus. They took somebody else's word for it that Jesus should die that He was worthy of death. Rather than stand alone, they followed blindly in calling for Jesus' death a cruel one on a cross.
Actually, not one of these people had the ability to kill Jesus. No person had the ability. Not even Satan had the ability to kill Jesus. Jesus died because He gave His life.
John 10: 17-18 reads, "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
Jesus gave His life. He did it because it was God's plan of salvation. There was no other way that you or I could be made right with God without the shedding of perfect blood. There was no perfect blood except for the blood of a perfect man.
Jesus says in John 10: 14-15, "I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the father knoweth me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep."
We are those sheep. It was my sin and your sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. We did it.
Was His death in vain? Was His death for nothing? Have you accepted the cleansing by His blood?
Jesus death isn't about what anyone did to Jesus. It is about what Jesus did for you and me.
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