The murder of Jesus was a vast conspiracy involving Rome, Herod, the Gentiles, the Jewish Sanhedrin, and the people of Israel diverse groups who were seldom fully in accord with one another. In fact, it is significant that the crucifixion of Christ is the only historical event where all those factions worked together to achieve a common goal. All were culpable. All bear the guilt together. The Jews as a race were no more or less blameworthy than the Gentiles . . . So there is no justification whatsoever for trying to fix the blame for Jesus’ death on any one people group. This was, in essence, a corporate act of sinful humanity against God. All are guilty together.And yet even that does not exhaust the full truth about who killed Jesus. Scripture emphasizes from cover to cover that the death of Christ was ordained and appointed by God Himself. One of the key Old Testament prophecies about the crucifixion is Isaiah 53. Isaiah prophetically describes the torture of the Messiah at the hands of a scoffing mob, and then adds, ‘Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief’ (Isaiah 53:10).
God put his own Son to death?
That is precisely what Scripture teaches. Why? According to Isaiah 53:10, it was to ‘make His soul an offering for sin.’ God had a redemptive purpose.
The designs of those who killed Christ were entirely murderous. They are by no means exonerated from their evil, just because God’s purposes are good.”
Following on from the controversy over “Who Killed Jesus?” which I also addressed in a sermon on Romans 8, Phil over at Pyromaniacs has posted a passage that shows John MacArthur can be added to the growing list of those who would declare that I am NOT alone in my views! Do pop over there and read the article in full!