Who Really Killed Jesus Christ?
Now, I know it’s hard to get our minds around this and go outside of our human perspective. However, our Bible demands that we view life from God’s outlook. Unless we are able to do this and rise above the quagmire of human prejudice, bias, personal opinion, partisanship, cultural standards and values, along with any other human or worldly influence, we stand no chance of seeing life’s realities clearly. As human beings we must surrender to the fact that we have no right to question the methods of God’s will. Notice this is exactly what the apostle says,
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” (Romans 9:19-24)
As Paul concludes, the rest of this chapter clarifies the fact that the rejection of Jesus Christ by His own fellow Israelites and Jewish tribesmen has actually served the good purpose of affording the Gentiles (non-Israelites and/or non-Jewish) access to righteousness by faith. Thus, when viewed from God’s perspective, we see even this issue has good reason as far as God is concerned. This point is further illustrated in Romans 10 and 11.
So Who Really Killed Jesus Christ Our Creator?
With all this in mind we are now ready to answer the question presented when we originally asked, who really killed Jesus Christ. As you will see, without this background, answering this question correctly is virtually impossible because so much of our understanding is predicated on mere human perspective.
For example, we could easily answer this question very directly and simply say a Roman soldier stabbed Him. This is the most direct answer to the question concerning who killed Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Your Bible is quite clear on this matter. Notice what the apostle John writes when describing the concluding moments of the crucifixion and the assessment of Jesus Christ’s physical condition.
Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him (the two thieves). But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knows that he saith true, that you might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.” (John 19:32-37, emphasis added)
John makes reference to Exodus 12:46; Psalms 34:20, 22:16-17; Numbers 9:12; Zechariah 12:10; and Revelation 1:7, which all indicate how this event would be a prophetic fulfillment and crucial component validating Jesus Christ’s role in this plan of salvation, designed to afford mankind immortality.
The Fenton and Moffatt translations further substantiate this event by including a statement in Matthew 27:49, “But another taking a spear pierced His side, when blood and water came out.” Unfortunately, this scripture was left out in the King James translation, regardless of the fact that ancient manuscripts like the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Echiopic, and many of the Syrian translations, and some of the oldest Greek manuscripts, which included it up to and until approximately the early 6th century.
If you are interested in studying this point more thoroughly, obtain a copy of the Fenton and Moffatt Bible translation. You will notice that Matthew 27:48-50 will read differently than the King James translation. Why was this verse left out? That’s a question for another time. Suffice it to say, many scholars recognize this verse was included in some of the oldest Greek manuscripts we have today.
However, the fact a Roman soldier is directly responsible for stabbing Jesus Christ does not answer the question sufficiently. There are far too many reasons and circumstances surrounding this enormously important historical event to reduce the answer to a mere Roman soldier stabbing the creator of the universe and personally be held responsible for the death of this Creator God, Jesus Christ.
Nor can we simply say the Jewish leaders are solely accountable. Yes, they certainly played a part in the event and without a doubt share in the culpability of His crucifixion, but they cannot to be held in total blame for our Creator’s execution. Pilate, who gave reticent approval for the execution to be initiated, and Herod, who also had a role, cannot be held exclusively responsible either; or even Judas, for that matter who betrayed Him, because this whole saga is much larger than all the individuals, ethnic groups and/or Roman government that played a part in this colossal display of eschatology.
It is much more immense in scope than any individual component because it was designed before the world was by God Beings, outside of our physical dimension, who were motivated by love to share life with those who could be entrusted with the power to be immortal Sons of God.
The Salvation Plan that assures these God Beings that only those who qualified would be rewarded was complex, and involved many circumstances of their own selection.
Notice what Jesus said in the book of Matthew when discussing His identity and destiny with His disciples. He said,
Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” (Matthew 16:20-21)
Did you notice? Jesus is speaking prophetically about His future death and how He would be resurrected the third day. He knew in advance of His execution just exactly what was going to happen. How did He know? He knew because this was all pre-ordained to occur and designed before the world was to accomplish a procedure for mankind’s redemption and consequent adoption as immortal Sons of God (Romans 8:14-17).
Now back to Matthew 16. Did you notice Peter is upset at what Jesus mentions to them? He verbally rebukes Jesus, the Christ, and says it won’t be so (Matthew 16:22). This generates a response from Jesus, which was rather firm and perhaps somewhat demonstratively agitated. Jesus says, “Get behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (verse 23).
Jesus is telling Peter he is out of line. By His own words, Jesus claims He is offended by Peter’s boisterous statement implying he would attempt to thwart the will of God. Again notice Jesus’ comment, “for you savourest [consider] not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (ibid.). Jesus is clearly saying that God’s will supersedes anything man has regardless of our opinion, wants, or preferences. All that matters is God’s will. Now that’s quite a concept and was certainly an important lesson for Peter.
Additionally, this should be quite a revelation to all of us as well, because what Jesus is saying is that His crucifixion, all along, was God’s will. In other words, it was God the Father’s will, that He, the creator of all things, Jesus the Christ, should die this horrible death and fulfill the Law (Sacrificial Law) in this fashion.
Now, Paul portrays this principle in concept when he says, “For Christ is the end (goal) of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes” (Romans 10:4). In so many words Paul is saying that Jesus the Christ, our Creator, was destined to accomplish all pre-ordained prophetic events mentioned throughout the scriptures, which at that time were exclusively reserved to Old Testament writings, and fulfilled all provisions for Jew and Greek to obtain salvation (Romans 10:1-13). The Sacrificial System was one fulfillment of many aspects pointing to Christ provided throughout His ministry.
We must remember that Jesus the Christ was sent to this earth, visited our dimension of time and space, for the exclusive purpose of doing the Father’s will (John 6:38-40). Christ was the living bread. It was the will of the living Father that sent Him that those who should believe on Him should live forever (John 6:57-58). Jesus continues to clarify the relationship between us, Him, and the Father, by saying those who believe Him, believe the Father (John 12:44-50).
What Jesus Christ did, was reveal to us the Father. Before this time no man knew this aspect of the mystery of God. It was hidden throughout the ages, revealed now in these end times to us. And in addition, we did not know what the will of the Father was, but Jesus the Christ manifested it to us. For three and a half years, He shared the details of the process with primarily twelve specific men He called disciples.
In the course of His ministry He explained by teaching, He explained by His example, and He explained by confrontations with various individuals, that we are the Sons of God. It was the Father’s will and intent we understand this (John 10:24-39). This is central to the New Testament Gospel message.
So, it is obvious, Jesus Christ’s death was planned beforethe world, and was necessitated by the anticipation of mankind’s failure to obey God. This plan was designed with redemption in mind. However, the shedding of blood was required in order to accomplish this purpose.
Jesus Christ, formerly the Word of God and our Creator was most suited for serving in the capacity of the suffering servant and oblation for atonement because, He was the creator and His life was greater in value than all of humanity. So, the choices were made, the patterns in the heavens were established and the program was initiated upon the physical creation of Adam and Eve. The rest is His-story.
In summary, it was the will of the Father that Jesus the Christ, our Creator, formerly the very Word of God, should live a life of sacrifice, teach the things He did, and die the grisly death of crucifixion.
Yes, our sins necessitated it; without question, transgression of God’s Law was the underlying cause of Jesus Christ’s death (1 John 3:4-5).
Nevertheless, it remained the will of the Father to guide and steer it in the direction it went—even until the very end. Consider what Jesus said three times while praying to the Father right before His arrest in the garden. “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39, emphasis added). Also, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Matthew 26:42, emphasis added). And finally the third time was the “same words” (Matthew 26:44).
Therefore, all of the choices and selections throughout the ages of mankind’s history were God’s reserved prerogative: to serve His purpose in carrying out His pre-ordained will. This is why no individual, ethnic group, or government can be held responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.
As a matter of fact, the ultimate responsibility remains with God for designing the Salvation Program in the fashion He did. But thank God He had the foresight, compassion, grace and love, to see this Salvation Program through. For that reason, immortality has been brought to light and disclosed to us in these last days. And now we too can obtain immortal life if only we will repent of our sins, obey God, and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, and soon coming King of Kings.