Who Killed Jesus?

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As the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus draws near my thoughts are turned towards those three days that changed history and eternity for everyone.
The events leading up to the crucifixion deserve our attention and there is much to be gained by understanding the motive and agenda of everyone involved that led to that hill on Calvary on the day of Passover.

Who killed Jesus?

There are many characters who walk across the stage of this event planned and directed by God before time began. But there are two groups and two individuals who are the primary suspects as we seek to understand who killed Jesus.

Greed, religion, and politics have caused more death and upheaval in this world  from that time to now. In the events leading up to His death we find all three present with our suspects.

Suspect #1
Judas was motivated by greed. He was the one to protest Mary’s use of expensive perfume to bathe Jesus feet and  John provides the additional detail that Judas helped himself to the money bag that he was in charge of as Jesus’s treasurer. (John 12:6)
Judas possibly also had a political motive expecting Jesus to use his power and miracles to overthrow the hated Roman government.

Suspect #2
The religious order the scribes the Pharisees the Sadducees certainly had a political and religious motive. Jesus was basically exposing them for who they were and in the process showing them up with real power and authority.
It is noteworthy that Herod who felt threatened by the king he had been told would soon be born went to the scribes to inquire as to where this promised king would be born. Searching Old Testament prophecies they found it would be Bethlehem. When the prophecy was fulfilled along with many other prophecies the scribes would surely be familiar with how could they have missed Jesus as the expected Messiah?

Suspect #3
Pilate had political motive to allow the death of Jesus although he did not at first go along with it.
He found Jesus guilty of no crime and even after being warned by his wife to have nothing to do with this
“innocent man” caved to the pressure brought by the religious order fearing reprecussions from his bosses if he couldn’t keep things under control.

Suspects #4
This group had more reason to be suspects than any of the others.
Because they were the reason Jesus said He came to die.

Who killed Jesus?
You and I.
Whether we leave him on the cross and write it off as a fable a myth or failed experiment, or celebrate Him risen from the dead His purpose for coming cannot be denied.

He came to die.

Willingly laying down His life for you and I.
Judas had a part in it, the religious order had a part, as did Pilate but in the end it was you and I. And everyone who has lived and died since the garden.
There are lessons and hope in this story. The lesson is no matter where you are or what you have done you can change your mind, change direction.
Judas could have,
The religious leaders could have (some did),
Pilate could have. The consequences of rejecting Jesus were severe.

Judas hung himself.
The beautiful temple revered by the Pharisees was reduced to rubble. Just as Jesus predicted it would be.
A few years later Pilate was relieved of his duties, transferred into oblivion, sent away in disgrace.

The hope- When we ask “who killed Jesus?” The answer is all of us. But in this story Jesus was no victim, and the perpetrators have a chance for full pardon and the opportunity to receive everything Jesus died for.
Forgiveness
Restoration
Grace
Love
Eternal life.

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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