This podcast goes deeper into the subject of who was responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. The belief that the Jews killed Christ and deserve to be punished can still be found in Christian doctrines. This deep root of anti-Semitism must be removed. We cannot allow this tree to grow again. We must not leave an open door for Church doctrines and belief systems to build a foundation once again for persecution against the Jewish people.
In part two of this series on the crucifixion, I look at many Scriptures that provide a deeper understanding of three responsible parties in the death of Christ. The third podcast in this series will study the remaining three. The first individual who was culpable in the death of Yeshua (Jesus) was the Father, the Creator of the universe. The death of His Son on the cross was the predestined plan of God to bring about salvation and deliverance for all mankind.
The second individual was Yeshua Himself. He chose to do the will of God, which was to fulfill the prophecies and plan of salvation that God had established. He did this in complete obedience to the Father’s commandment. Yeshua said, “No one takes my life. I lay it down.” In that sense you could say that no one killed Yeshua since He was the one who offered His own life as a sacrifice.
The third entity of culpability in the death of Yeshua was satan, who influenced humans to crucify Him. Satan entered the heart of Judas to betray Christ. We also see the influence of demonic forces throughout the entire crucifixion as people acted out of character to accomplish it. Just as satan influenced Adam and Eve to be disobedient, he influenced people at the time of the crucifixion. This does not clear them of their disobedience, but you cannot remove the reality of the demonic force that was initiating much of the activity.
- 1 Peter 1:18-20. “He was foreknown before the foundation of the world.”
- Ephesians 1:3-5. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.”
- Galatians 3:8-9. “… to Abraham, saying, ‘ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.’”
- Genesis 26:4-5. “By your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”
- Acts 3:18. “… which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”
- Luke 22:21-22. “The Son of Man is going as it has been determined.”
- Acts 4:27-28. “… to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.”
- John 1:28-29. “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
- John 1:35-36. “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
- Revelation 5:9. “You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
- John 3:16-17. “God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world.”
- Romans 8 31. “God did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all.”
- John 10:18. “This commandment I received from My Father.”
- John 14:29-31. “I do exactly as the Father commanded me.”
- Philippians 2:8-9. “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.”
- John 15:10. “I have kept My Father’s commandments.”
- Hebrews 10:5-7. “(… IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.”
- Matthew 26:39. “Not as I will, but as You will.”
- Matthew 26:42. “If this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
- Mark 14:36. “Not what I will, but what You will.”
- John 19:28. “Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished ….”
- Mark 15:30. “Save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”
- Matthew 26:52-54, 56. “All this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.”
- Genesis 3:13-15. “shall bruise you on the head.”
- James 1:13-16. “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.”
- Ephesians 2:1-3. “You formerly walked according to … the prince of the power of the air.”
- Ephesians 6:12. “Our struggle is … against … the world forces of this darkness.”
- Mark 11:7-10. “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”
- Luke 13:34-35. “You will not see Me until … you say, “BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’”
- Luke 22:40, 46. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
- John 13:26-27. “After the morsel, Satan then entered into him.”
- Galatians 4:7-8. “You were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.”
- 1 John 3:8-10. “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”
- John 12:31-33. “Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
- John 16:8-11. “The ruler of this world has been judged.”
- “Do not be ignorant about the cross. Do not be ignorant about your salvation, how it was won, what was required for your reconciliation to the Father.”
- “Christ came into the world to die for the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. His death had to satisfy every scriptural requirement and it had to fulfill every prophecy in order to bring that salvation to the world.”
- “I beg you, as Christians and believers and as the Church, to get out of your anti-Semitism because satan is still at work.”
- It was a requirement that Yeshua suffer and die in substitution for us. It was God’s plan that He be our substitution. Why then would we look for someone to blame for his crucifixion when it was the eternal plan of God and an absolute necessity for forgiveness and grace to be brought to the world?
- It is very important for us to recognize that there was never a moment, from the time He was arrested until the time He died on that cross, when Yeshua did not have a choice. For salvation to come, every moment of it had to be according to His will to do the will of the Father.
- The biggest mistake that satan ever made was manipulating people through temptation into participation in the crucifixion. God used it to fulfill their part in His plan, but that does not mean they were not sinning. The fact that they were tempted, as mankind has always been tempted, only proves the need for the cross.