By Dr. Duane Costello

Faith Fellowship Church

Have you ever wondered who was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ? Some of you right now are saying, “That’s easy, it was the Romans or the Jews.”

My purpose for asking this question is to cause us to really look and see who was responsible for the death of Jesus and cause us to think heavily upon this topic, a topic that has been discussed many times.

Do you really desire to know who was responsible for Jesus’ death? Then keep reading.

The bible is clear in Mathew 26:3-4 that “the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, assembled together to the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. And they consulted so that they might take Jesus by guile and kill Him.” These are the religious leaders of Israel behind this. These leaders demanded the Romans put Jesus to death.

Why the Romans and not the Jews?

Because at this time in history, the Jewish people were under the authority of the Roman empire and they were not allowed to put anyone to death; only Rome had that authority. Make no mistake about it: the religious leaders of Israel wanted Jesus dead because Jesus was threatening their status as religious leaders. They were worried they would lose their lofty positions of authority with the Jewish people (John 11:47-50).

The Romans did crucify Jesus Christ. They invented crucifixion for those who would dare go against the Roman authority.

Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor at this time in this region and he ultimately gave the order to crucify Jesus. Yes, it was the Romans who flogged Jesus and beat Jesus and drove the spikes into his hands and feet on the Cross of Calvary. They were the ones who gambled for Jesus’ garment and mocked Jesus and hurled angry insults at him. They were the ones who pierced Jesus’ side with a sword while on the cross.

The bible is clear, though, that the Jewish people were in agreement with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Luke 23 tells us that the people shouted out: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” as He stood before Pilot. Pilate tried to let Jesus go as a gesture of “good-will,” but instead, the people yelled out to let a known murderer; Barabbas to go free instead of Jesus Christ.

Only a week earlier the people were shouting “Hosanna to the Highest” as Jesus came into the city of Jerusalem, riding on a young donkey. A lot can change in one week can’t it?

So, was it the Romans and the Jewish people and the Jewish religious leaders that were responsible for the killing of Jesus Christ?

Well, not really. It’s true they were definitely guilty of being part of killing Jesus.

I submit to you today that it was God himself that put Jesus Christ to death.

Listen to what the bible says in Acts, 2:23, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.”

This was God’s ultimate purpose in helping the human race have an opportunity to be made right with Him. Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead secures salvation for all who trust in Him as Lord and Savior.

Christ’s death was God’s perfect plan for mankind to be redeemed. This was God’s ultimate way of showing us His mercy and His grace.

Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we may become righteous in God’s eye (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty of our sins according to Rom. 5:8; 6:23. Every human being is guilty of sins and Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary because it was God’s perfect plan and will, so that mankind could be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

You and I are guilty of driving the nails into Jesus’ hands and feet. It was our sins that caused Jesus to be nailed to the Cross of Calvary. Oh praise the name of God Almighty!

His love for us was so strong that he knew we needed a bridge to allow mankind to come to God. This was done by God sending Jesus Christ to this earth to be crucified and to be raised from the dead so we could repent of our sins and turn to Jesus Christ.

Come to Jesus Christ today if you haven’t already.