WHO KILLED JESUS?
BY: LLOYD ELLEFSON – FEBRUARY 22, 2004
It seems we have a comedy of errors being bandied about by various know-it-alls. Was it God as some say? Or the Jews? The Romans? In 1 Thess 2:14-15. Paul writes “For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews. Who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove us out? They displease God and oppose all men.”
In Acts, 3:12 Peter speaks to Israel. Vs 13 “God glorified his son Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied him in the presence of Pilate. When he desired to let him go.” Vs 14 “You denied the holy one and the just, and desired a murderer be granted unto you.” Vs 15 “You killed the prince of life, whom God has raised from the dead. Which we are witnesses of.
1 Cor. 2:7 Paul again. “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery. Hidden - which God ordained before the ages, for our glory.” Vs 8 “which none of the rulers of this age knew - for had they known they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. Now we have the evidence it was spirits who persuaded the Jews to get rid of Jesus. These Jews being in bondage to the Romans had no authority to give capital punishment. So they claimed Jesus to be a threat to Roman rule. The work of the spirits went on prior to the arrest of Jesus.
Jn 5:18 “the Jews thought the more to kill him.”
Jn 7:19 “Why do you seek to kill me?”
Jn 25 “is this the man they seek to kill?”
Matt 26:4 “they gathered to take counsel of how to kill Jesus”
This is small part of the evidence. On the spirits side of this, we have a conflict between life and death. Spirits at work in man persuaded ignorant mankind to retain the facade of dominion of self- rule. This was contrary of the spirit in the Christ. Most men are in ignorance of spiritual activity, as were the Jews. Yet they laid claim to knowing God and the adversary, calling Jesus a fraud. The comments coming forth on this issue are a grand display of ignorance. Do not blame God! God was in Christ, reconciling man to Himself. God is identified in the cross - not with man. He was in his son. “The father and I are one.” Matt 27:29-30, Mark 14:65, Mark 15:15, John 19:1.
These verses contain most of the ill treatment Jesus encountered after his arrest. There is, scourging, whipping, mocking and slapping. If he came under the treatment of scourging, it would mean he got 40 lashes with a whip of metal ends that left slashes. This did not produce a great loss of blood in the wounds. This did not result in Jesus being near death. He carried his cross for a time and had conversation while on the cross for some time until he gave up the spirit. Paul had this beating 5 times. 40 seems to be a number of stripes that man could take and not die. It was 39 plus 1 - so as not to kill the victim. (2 Cor.:11-24) Jesus’ physical death was a demonstration of God in Christ - providing him with the spirit to glorify his father, even unto death of the cross - overcoming all that man is able to do to the word of God. To the believer, we are being crucified together with him. Knowing the conflict has its basis in spirit not flesh - history fulfilled in spirit.