Who Crucified Christ?
By Gordon Robertson
The 700 Club
One of the profound questions coming out of the movie The Passion
of the Christ is who crucified Jesus? Who is responsible for it? How did
this happen in time? The Bible is very clear about who crucified Jesus. You
find it in the tremendous prophecy of Isaiah in the 53rd chapter.
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed
Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4)
Where our natural side wants to start blaming others things -- Do we want
to blame the Romans or do we want to blame the Jews who lived at that time?--
even Isaiah says we esteemed Him stricken and we think He was smitten by God.
But the real message is in Isaiah 53:5:
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
There is not a limitation here. If you are a sinner, you belong in that group
of "our," every one of us.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).
When you look to the question who crucified Jesus? Well, I did. Every one
of my sins cried out, 'Crucify Him!' Without Jesus, there is no forgiveness.
There is no hope for me. With Him, there is. But I have got to recognize and
I have to own that every one of my sins is responsible for the Crucifixion.
I can't lay the blame on Pilate. I can't lay the blame on the Sanhedrin. I
have got to own it. That's what it is all about when we come to the Cross
is acknowledgment that it is our sin that put Jesus there. It was His love
that drove Him to do that. He didn't have to do it. He could have escaped
it. He could have said, 'I am not going to do this. I am not going to sacrifice
Myself.' His love compelled Him; my sins made Him. It is me who is responsible.
So when we look at this controversial verse that Mel Gibson has agreed to
take out of the film because of complaints from modern-day Jews, -- and if
I were a modern-day Jew, I wouldn't trust Christians, either -- it is for
the historical fact that whenever passion plays were performed in Europe,
there was, following those performances, extreme violence against the Jewish
community and this was responsible for anti-Semitism that then spread throughout
Europe and led to the Holocaust in Germany. But, I think as Christians, we
need to look at this verse and realize it is not limited to the Jews of the
day because it says all the people.
And all the people answered and said, 'His blood be on us and on our children'
I think it is a mistake to view that as a blood curse. It is actually the
source of blessing because it is echoing back to the Passover Lamb, where
the blood was over the lentil and on the doorpost, and because of the blood,
the Angel of Death passed over that dwelling. It is the same today; because
of the blood of Jesus, God does not see my sin. And so I want to join in and
say, 'His blood be on me and on my children.' Without that blood covering,
there is no forgiveness of sin. That's what John the Baptist proclaimed when
He first saw Jesus: 'Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of
Also, as Christians, we need to realize that because every sin cries out,
'Crucify!' we need to keep the Cross in remembrance. That's the whole purpose
of Communion. 'This is My body which was broken for you.' We don't want to
add to that burden.
That's why Jesus said to His disciples, 'If you love Me, keep My commandments' (John 14:15). Don't walk around saying I have a license to sin. I get to do
whatever I want because I am forgiven. No, if you love Jesus, keep His commandments.
Don't walk in sin. And His commandment is this: 'This is my commandment that
you love one another.'
Why don't you make this year your year where you recognize what was done
for you on the Cross? It's available to anyone. All you have to do is acknowledge
that it was your sin that put the Son of God there and let His blood cover
you. Then you have forgiveness. But it is more than that. It is I will then
covenant to walk in accordance with my loving Jesus. He first loved me. I
am going to love Him. Because I love Him, I am going to obey His commandments.
If I love Jesus, I need to obey His commandments. Let that be your pledge
this year in 2004.
Would you like to receive all that Christ Jesus has done for you? Please
NOTE: All Scripture references are taken from the New King James Version.
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