Jews Killed Jesus

Good Friday is just about here again. When Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion Of The Christ” came out it caused an uproar with Jews because they claimed that the movie made the Jews look like the bad guys by making it look like the Jews killed Jesus. Accusations were made of the movie being “anti-semitic”. The Romans crucified Jesus. But who is responsible for killing Jesus? The Bible tells us clear as day whether Jews like it or not. Let God be true and every man a liar:

“14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

The Bible says the Jews killed Jesus and other prophets and went on to persecute Christians and prevent the Gospel from spreading. Jesus was not the Messiah that the Jews were hoping for and many to this day continue to reject. They will be deceived by the Antichrist when he comes and gives them what they desired. The Jews used the hand of Rome to kill Jesus because they were not permitted to put anyone to death under their own law (which allowed the death penalty) during the time of Roman occupation so they basically manipulated the Romans to be used as hitmen for them:

“29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? 30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. 31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:” John 18:29-31

Pilate found no fault in Jesus and wanted to release Him. He was under intense pressure to keep peace in Jerusalem and realized that releasing Jesus could cause a riot. The Jews then manipulated Pilate more by guilt-tripping him in saying that if he released Jesus then he was no friend of Caesar’s since Jesus “made Himself” a king. That accusation could have put Pilate’s job and even life at risk:

“And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.” John 19:12

“15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.” John 19:15-16

The sign that Pilate put over the head of Jesus read “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS” which made the Jews angry and they wanted him to change it to say that Jesus just made the claim to be the King of the Jews but Pilate said what I have written I have written. (John chapter 19) It was both prophetic and fulfillment of prophecy. Now the Bible is also clear that we should not blame the death of Jesus on all Jews. Joseph of Arimathaea who offered his tomb to Jesus was a Jew but had no part in murdering Jesus:

“50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: 51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.” Luke 23:50-51

Although Jesus died, we know that He rose from the dead. The whole world can be saved by His Blood. It is not right for anyone to be against Jewish people because of what some wicked Jew leaders did to Jesus 2,000 years ago. Jews today need Jesus for salvation just like everyone else or they will go to Hell. He graciously offers salvation to them.

39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” John 5:39-40

“28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:28-29

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