Why Did They Kill Jesus?
Some believe that Jesus was slain because he opened the doors of God’s love to prostitutes and tax collectors, and others believe that he was executed because he did so. This is partially correct, but it is primarily deceptive. The fact that Jesus disturbed some of the Jewish officials because he extended fellowship and kindness beyond their limited borders is real, and it has to be expressed (as I shall in my sermon this coming Sunday), and it is necessary. However, it is inaccurate to infer that Jesus was executed simply because he loved too much, as though his adversaries’ unyielding bigotry was the primary reason of his death.
In my estimation, Jesus is opposed once for eating with sinners (2:16), once for upsetting stereotypes about him in his hometown (6:3), a few times for violating Jewish scruples about the law (2:24, 3:6, 7:5), and several times for “blasphemy” or for claiming too much authority for himself (Matthew 7:5).
Mark’s Gospel shows us how the Jewish authorities become more and more antagonistic against Jesus as the narrative progresses.
There are many things about Jesus that the Jewish authorities dislike, but their most intense and homicidal rage is aimed against him because he believes “I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (14:62).
- For example, Luke emphasizes Jesus’ affiliation with society’s outcasts as a source of contention for the Jewish authorities, but John emphasizes Jesus’ unique position as God’s equal.
- In proportion to the expansion of Jesus’ reputation as a healer and miracle worker, increasing numbers of people flock to him, while the ruling class grows increasingly hostile to him.
- Moreover, as his popularity (but not necessarily success) with the public grew, so did the resistance from the Jewish leaders, on a general basis.
- They accused him of a variety of offenses (Mark 15:3).
- It was considered impolite for him to dine with sinners and associate with individuals who were reviled by the culture at the time.
- They were unable to acknowledge his heavenly power or his true personality.
- It’s safe to say that jealousy played a role.
Therefore, when the opposition to Jesus reaches its culmination in all four gospels, Jesus is not charged with being too welcoming to outsiders (though he was also accused of this), but rather with being a false monarch, prophet, and Messiah (all of which are accusations that are leveled against him) (Matt.
- In a nutshell, they executed Jesus because they believed he was a blasphemer against God.
- Certainly, this does not serve as an explanation for our own hardheartedness.
- However, we must put to rest the half-truth (more accurately, a quarter-truth) that Jesus was crucified because he was too inclusive and too pleasant to be around.
- When some people believe that Jesus just loved people too much, he may be mocked as a result of his actions.
- So, when we teach others about Jesus, we should definitely include his compassion and love (how could we not?).
- Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, a member of the Gospel Coalition’s council, and an associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.
- Just Do Something is one of his many works of fiction, which he has authored.
Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, Mary, Benjamin, Tabitha, Andrew, and Susannah. Kevin and Trisha have nine children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, Mary, Benjamin, Tabitha, Andrew, and Susannah.
Why Did Jesus Die?
Some believe that Jesus was crucified because he opened the doors of God’s love to prostitutes and tax collectors, while others believe that he was killed because he was killed for doing so. In some ways, this is correct, yet it is largely inaccurate. It’s accurate to say, and it has to be acknowledged (as I shall in my sermon this upcoming Sunday), that Jesus displeased some of the Jewish authorities because he extended friendship and kindness beyond their narrow borders. To argue that Jesus was crucified simply because he loved too much is deceptive, as though his opponents’ unrelenting bigotry was the primary source of their murderous zeal.
In my estimation, Jesus is opposed once for eating with sinners (2:16), once for upsetting stereotypes about him in his hometown (6:3), a few times for violating Jewish scruples about the law (2:24, 3:6, 7:5), and several times for “blasphemy” or for claiming too much authority for himself (Matthew 7:3).
Mark’s Gospel shows us how the Jewish authorities become more and more antagonistic against Jesus as the narrative progresses, While they are temporarily restrained by the terror of the multitude, they continue to attempt to capture Jesus and plot his demise (8:11; 11:18; 12:12; 12:13; 14:1: 15:3, 11).
- In contrast to one another, the four gospels each stress a distinct element of their conflict, as one might anticipate.
- In all four tales, the main framework, however, is the same.
- Overall, Jesus had widespread popularity among the general public (the exception being in his hometown of Nazareth).
- For a variety of reasons, the Jewish authorities despised and ultimately came to despise Jesus.
- The people were enraged with him because he had upended their customs and stoked some of their legal fears.
- But most of all, they despised him because he claimed to be sent by God and to be on a par with the Almighty.
- Briefly stated, this is why Jewish authorities (both religious and political) despised Jesus, as did some members of the mob they incited.
Deeper still, they just lacked the vision and faith to see Jesus as the Son of God and as such, they were unable to accept him as the Messiah.
26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:66-71; and less clearly in John 18:19-24).
After everything was said and done, it was Jesus’ tacit and explicit assertions of power, Messiahship, and God-ness, rather than his broad love, that brought him to his death.
People of conservative religious beliefs are frequently inclined to distance themselves from “sinners and tax collectors,” as the saying goes.
To throw aside the half-truth (more accurately, a quarter-truth) that Jesus was executed because he was too inclusive and too good, we must first examine the evidence.
When some people believe that Jesus just loved people too much, he may be criticized as a result of that belief.
Consequently, when we teach others about Jesus, we should undoubtedly include his compassion and love (how could we not?).
Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) serves as senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, as a member of the Gospel Coalition’s council, and as an assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Charlotte).
In addition to Kevin and his wife, Trisha, they have nine children: Ian (the eldest), Jacob (the second), Elizabeth (the third), Paul (the fourth), Mary (the fifth), Benjamin (the sixth), Tabitha (the seventh), Andrew (the eighth), and Susannah (the ninth).
So Why Was Jesus Crucified?
As Jesus taught the masses, he was also critical of the religious authority in power at the time. They made a show of their authority, insisting on strict adherence to their stringent rituals, rules, and cultural customs. “They bind together huge loads that are difficult to carry and place them on people’s shoulders,” Jesus remarked of them. 4 “You hypocrites!” he said, in a direct challenge to their position. Isaiah accurately saw your future when he declared, “This nation respects me with their lips, but their hearts are distant from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching the laws of men as doctrines.” 5 In the case of the Sabbath, for example, they were very rigid.
- It was more limiting than it was soothing in its effects.
- In response, Jesus instructed the guy to take up his mat and walk.
- “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to be carrying your mat,” the Pharisees told him when they spotted him.
- He did not take a break on the Sabbath.
Jesus Was Clear about His Deity.
Knowing Jesus, according to him, was to know God. 7To behold him was to behold God. 8Believing in him was the same as believing in God. 9To accept him was to accept God as well. 10To despise him was to despise God. 11And to honor him was to worship God, for he was the embodiment of holiness. Following Jesus’ popularity, the Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees determined that they needed to get rid of him in order to restore control over the people’s hearts and minds. They captured Jesus and took him before the high priest, who questioned Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” (Are you the Son of the Blessed?) I am,” Jesus said, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, descending on the clouds of sky to meet you.
And they all agreed that he was a murderer who deserved to die.
This means that both Jewish and Gentile people took part in Jesus’ murder.
He thought that Jesus should be freed from his imprisonment.
“Crucify him!” they cried out in unison. “Put him to death!” Pilate acceded to the demands of the throng. The judgment was death by crucifixion, the form of torture and execution used by the Roman authorities.
Jesus Knew This Would Happen
Jesus was completely unsurprised by all of this. Jesus informed his followers several times previous to his crucifixion that he was going to be arrested, beaten, and crucified, and he was right. His predictions included the possibility of a resurrection three days after his burial. By physically returning to life, Jesus would be able to demonstrate what he had declared about his deity. The soldiers grabbed Jesus and beat him after making a wreath of long thorns and pressing it into his head to serve as a false crown for him.
- In many cases, forty lashes were enough to bring down a person.
- He died of gradual asphyxia and heart failure while hanging there.
- Death on the cross was not only a natural result of Jesus’ miracles and teachings; it was also a deliberate act.
- Jesus had previously demonstrated that he has complete control over nature, illness, and even death.
- Jesus might have walked away from the crucifixion at any point, given the circumstances.
- Jesus made the decision to die.
- “I choose to lay it down of my own own.” 14 The decision to do so was deliberate on his part.
Why Did Jesus Allow His Crucifixion?
We operate in ways that are diametrically contrary to God’s methods to varied degrees. Take a short look at the news on any given day and you will see what I mean. Racism, murders, sexual abuse, falsehoods, greed, corruption, terrorism, and wars, to name a few examples of wrongdoing. As individuals, we have a proclivity for causing havoc in our own and other people’s lives. God views us as lost and blind, and he holds us accountable for our actions. Consider how appalled and heartbroken we are to learn that a 6-year-old child has been taken from her family and is being subjected to sexual exploitation.
- All of human sin, on the other hand, is an insult to a holy God.
- We don’t even live up to our own expectations, let alone those of another person.
- So, what would a God who is absolutely holy see?
- 15 God instructs the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb once a year for the remission of their sins in the Old Testament, which explains why they must do so once a year.
- However, this was just a momentary reprieve.
- When Jesus arrived, the prophet John the Baptist proclaimed about him, “Behold, the Lamb of God who wipes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29) 16 Jesus came to earth to bear the penalty for humanity’s sin, namely for our sin, on the cross in our place.
- To save us from God’s wrath, condemnation, and punishment for our sin, Jesus came to earth as our Savior in order to save us from ourselves.
Jesus was fully aware of every sin you have ever done or will commit while he was hanging on the cross. It was Jesus who bore the penalty for our sins on our behalf.
DaVinci’s Last Supper
You’ve probably seen the iconic artwork by Leonardo da Vinci depicting the “Last Supper,” in which Jesus sits at a long table with the disciples seated next to him on each side of him on either side of the table. The supper that Jesus shared with his followers the night before he was captured and killed was shown by Da Vinci in this painting. As part of that “Last Supper,” Jesus promised his followers that his blood would be shed “for the remission of sins” for all people. 17 On the cross, Jesus, who had done no sin, paid the penalty for our sin.
We weren’t deserving of him taking our position in the world.
The Bible tells us that “God demonstrates his love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 18
Our Response to the Crucifixion of Jesus
What is it that he expects of us? In order to make amends and gain our forgiveness? No. We will never be able to repay Jesus for all he has done for us. What he demands of us is straightforward. to put their faith in him He urges us to embrace his dying on our behalf, as well as his total and unconditional forgiveness, as a gift from him. Surprisingly, many people do not want to go through with it. They desire to put up an effort to win their salvation. They must earn their way into paradise.
- In response to their rejection of everything Jesus has done for them, Jesus stated they will die in their sin and face judgment.
- Moreover, everlasting life and an intimate, personal contact with God are also available now, while we are living on the earth.
- Jesus was not simply absorbing the consequences of our wrongdoing.
- He was extending far more than just forgiveness to those who needed it.
- This is analogous to a wealthy billionaire not only canceling a debt owed to him, but also transferring ownership of his whole estate to the individual who was unable to pay the amount back in full.
- It is entirely up to us whether or not we accept the gift of a connection with him that he is presenting to us.
His Offer to Us
Anyone who would invite Jesus into their lives and accept his free gift of forgiveness and eternal life will establish a relationship with him that will last for the rest of their lives. Following Jesus’ crucifixion, they buried him in a tomb and stationed a trained Roman guard of soldiers at the tomb to keep watch over him. Why? Jesus had stated on several occasions that he will rise from the dead three days after his his body. Everything he had declared about himself will be proven correct.
- After then, Jesus appeared physically to the disciples several times, first to a throng of 500 people, then to individuals.
- Each of them was murdered for it, in separate parts of the world from one another, because they were so sure of Jesus’ identity.
- “We have come to know and believe in the love that God has for us,” says the apostle John in his book of Revelation.
- Whoever lives in love is a part of God.
- Here’s how you can do it.
- Please accept my apologies.
- You have complete control over my life.
- Amen.” In the case of someone who has only recently asked Jesus into their lives, his crucifixion signifies that you have accepted his gift, that you have been forgiven, and that you have an eternal connection with him.
Footnotes: (1) John 8:12; (2) Matthew 9:35; (3) (3) 4:41 (Matthew 4:41) (4) Jesus said in Matthew 23:4 (5), Matt 15:9 (6), and John 5:18 (7) John 8:19 (eighth) John 12:45 (eighth) John 14:9 (ninth) (9) John 12:44 and 14:1 are two of the most important passages in the Bible (10) 9:37 (Matthew 9:37) (11) 15:23 (John 15:23) John 5:23 (12) (13) Mark 14:61,62 (KJV) (14) 10:18 (John 10:18) (15) Acts 10:43 (16) Romans 6:23 (17) John 1:29 (18) Matthew 26:28 (19) Romans 5:8 (20) Acts 10:43 (20) Paul writes in Romans 6:23 that (21) 14:6 (John 14:6) (22) (23), John 5:24 (24), John 17:25,26 (23) 1John 4:16,17 (24)
Why Did Pontius Pilate Have Jesus Executed?
“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate asks Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospel of John, and Jesus responds with a question. It’s a question that may be raised regarding Pilate’s own personal background as well. From the perspective of the New Testament of the ChristianBible, the Roman governor of Judea was a wavering judge who initially exonerated Jesus before bending to the will of the crowd and condemning him to death. Non-Biblical sources, on the other hand, present him as a barbaric commander who wilfully rejected the traditions of the Jewish people under his command.
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Pilate’s early life is a mystery.
Before his time as Roman governor of Judea, from 26 and 36 A.D., nothing is known about Pilate’s early life and career. While most believe he was born into an equestrian family in Italy, certain tales indicate that he was actually born in the Scottish Highlands. From the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria emerges one of the earliest—and most damning—accounts of Pilate’s reign as governor. Around the year 50 A.D., he denounced the prefect for “briberies, insults, robberies, outrages and wanton injuries, executions without trial, constantly repeated, endless and extremely severe brutality,” among other things.
- Patterson describes Pilate’s rule as “corrupt and full of bribery.” Patterson is an early Christianity historian at Willamette University and the author of several books, including The Forgotten Creed: Christianity’s Original Struggle Against Bigotry, Slavery, and Sexism.
- “Philo is a really dramatic writer,” she observes, “and one who has very apparent biases: persons who maintain Jewish rules are documented in highly favorable ways, whereas people who do not uphold Jewish laws are represented in quite bad ways.
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- Prior to his crucifixion, Jesus had been tortured, and this was the culmination of that suffering.
Pilate clashed with the Jewish population in Jerusalem.
A pair of golden shields emblazoned with the name of the Roman Emperor Tiberius were allowed into King Herod’s ancient residence in Jerusalem, according to Philo, despite Jewish tradition. Writing more than a half-century later, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus related a similar story, claiming that Pilate let troops bearing military standards with the likeness of the emperor into Jerusalem, despite Jewish law prohibiting the carrying of images in the holy city. A large number of people journeyed to the Judean city of Caesarea to express their displeasure, and they laid prostrate outside Pilate’s palace for five days until he finally yielded.
This account has the ring of a rookie governor experimenting with his powers and entirely underestimating the depth of local opposition to graven images.
Josephus related another event, this one with a bloodier conclusion, in which Pilate used cash from the Temple treasury to construct an aqueduct to provide water to Jerusalem.
They were successful. When he gave the signal, they withdrew clubs disguised in their clothing and beat many of the demonstrators to death with the clubs they had removed. More information may be found at: Where Is the Head of Saint John the Baptist?
The Gospels portray an indecisive Pilate.
Josephus also referred to Pilate’s well-known role in agreeing to Jesus’ death, which he had played previously. After being gravely concerned by his teachings, the Sanhedrin (an elite council of priestly and lay elders) arrested Jesus while he was celebrating the Jewish festival of Passover, according to the Gospels. They hauled Jesus before Pilate to be prosecuted for blasphemy, accusing him of claiming to be the King of the Jews, which they said was false. And they exerted pressure on Pilate, the only person who had the authority to sentence someone to death, to order his crucifixion.
According to the Gospel of Mark, Pilate intervened on Jesus’ behalf before caving in to the demands of the mob.
MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT: Discovering the Early Christian Church’s Conversion Tactics from Within “Mark’s goal isn’t truly historical in nature,” Patterson explains.
Mark blamed the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem for the city’s collapse since the high priests and officials had turned their backs on Jesus when he had arrived in the city.
courtesy of DeAgostini/Getty Images Following this, according to the Gospel of Matthew, Pilate washed his hands in front of the assembled throng before declaring, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; take care of yourself.” When the Jewish people heard this, they yelled out, “His blood be on us and our children.” For millennia, it would be used to punish the Jewish people, and it is still being utilized now.
As Bond explains, “Matthew claims that, while Romans were accountable for carrying out the action, the Jews were liable—a line of thought that, of course, has had fatal ramifications ever since.” When Jesus was making problems during a gathering like Passover, when the city was packed to capacity, I don’t believe Pilate would have spent much time worrying about what to do with him.
According to the Gospels, the people preferred the criminal Barabbas than Jesus.
The so-called custom of freeing a prisoner on Passover has been investigated by scholars, but so far, according to Patterson, “they have not discovered anything in regard to this so-called ritual.” More information may be found at: Early Christians Didn’t Always Take the Bible Literally (Discovery).
Pilate disappears from history after his rule.
Following the use of disproportionate force to quell a suspected Samaritan rebellion, Pilate was dismissed from office and transported back to Rome, according to Josephus and the Roman historian Tacitus. Pilate vanished from the historical record as soon as he arrived in Rome. According to various legends, he was either executed by Emperor Caligula or committed suicide, with his remains being thrown into the Tiber River after his death. In fact, the early Christian author Tertullian said that Pilate had become a disciple of Jesus and had attempted to convert the emperor to Christian beliefs.
A portion of a carved stone with Pilate’s name and title etched in Latin on it was discovered face down in an antique theater, where it had been used as a stair.
According to a November 2018 article in Israel Exploration Journal, improved photography showed Pilate’s name engraved in Greek on a 2,000-year-old copper alloy ring recovered at Herodium, which was previously thought to be a Roman coin.
Romans are to blame for death of Jesus
Among religious specialists and laypeople alike, the soon-to-be-released Mel Gibson film “The Passion of the Christ” is causing quite a commotion in the media. Many people believe the film contains anti-Semitic implications. Although the Jews are often believed to have been involved in Jesus’ death, according to Dr. Frank K. Flinn of Washington University in St. Louis’ department of religious studies, the Romans are truly to blame for the death of Jesus. Frank Flinn is a songwriter and musician from the United Kingdom.
“Crucifications could only be authorized by the Roman authorities, and they frequently did so on a brutal, mass scale.” In the opinion of Flinn, an expert on Catholicism, Gibson’s film appears to merge all of the gospel stories about the Passion into one epic, a made-for-the-big-screen story that fails to show how opinions about the Jews’ role in the crucifixion have changed dramatically over time, as has been shown in other films about the Passion.
- The author points out that our oldest accounts of the crucifixion, such as the Gospel of Mark, which was written about 60-70 C.E., make it apparent that Pilate was the one who ordered Christ’s execution.
- “Matthew, most likely as a result of inter-Jewish competition, places the ultimate responsibility fully on the shoulders of the Jewish leadership,” Flinn explained.
- When it came to Jewish persecution and murder throughout the Middle Ages, the label “Christ-killers” became a rhetorical club to legitimize the ghettoization, persecution, and slaughter of Jews.
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- In his books The Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities, Josephus, the Jewish historian, records several incidents.
- Only the Roman authorities had the authority to order crucifixions, and they did it on a brutal and enormous scale on a regular basis.
- The first Galilean disciples of Jesus regarded him as a prophet similar to Elijah, who wandered the Galilean hills healing the sick and reviving the dead, as did the prophet Elijah.
- Sadducees and Pharisees were among the Jewish leaders who owed their positions to their patron-client relationship with the Roman rulers (notice the word “some”).
- In addition to the teachers and prophets in rural Galilee and the Dead Sea Scrolls community at Qumran, other Jewish groups and individuals either rejected or rebelled against the corrupt relationship between Jerusalem and Rome.
- Along with the Temple tax, this tax was collected for Rome by the Temple officials, who distributed it to tax farmers.
- Due to the annual ordinance of Jubilee, it should have been possible for the rich in Jerusalem to restore this territory to the original tribes, but they failed to do so.
According to Leviticus 19:4, “render unto Caesar” means “return to Caesar” his own coin with Caesar’s image on it (a blasphemy to the pious Jew!) and “return to God” what is God’s, which is the land itself, which God ultimately owns and which God gave directly to Israel in the covenant (Joshua 24:13)!” The message of Jesus was both spiritually and politically dangerous, first to the Roman rulers and then, secondary, to their client appointees in Jerusalem, who were first threatened by it.
- The Gospel of Mark, the earliest Gospel we know, was written between 60 and 70 CE.
- Matthew and Luke were written considerably later, in the year 80-95, and show a wide range of interests and points of view.
- Aside from his status as a Jewish disciple of Jesus (Antioch being the site of the first use of the term “Christian”), Matthew also comments on the era following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, when tensions broke out between rabbinic Yavneh Jews and Jewish followers of Jesus.
- It’s possible that the rabbis weren’t all that successful.
- (I constantly point out to my pupils that a Christian may attend any Jewish Sabbath service and participate fully in all of the prayers with complete religious commitment.) Matthew goes to great lengths to disassociate himself from the actions of the Roman authority.
- Perhaps as a result of intra-Jewish competition, the phrase “His blood be upon us and our offspring” is added to place the ultimate responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the Jewish leadership (Matthew 24:25).
- The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts should be read together as a single piece of literature.
We can now use the name “Christian,” which appears for the first time in Acts 11:26, but the term was probably definitely coined as a derogatory slur in its original context.
Against the backdrop of Roman criticism, Luke is attempting to defend Christianity against the charge of “superstition” leveled against it.
The paragraphs about Jesus being crowned with thorns and being mocked have been omitted.
“But Jesus hedelivered over to theirwill,” says Luke, elaborating on Pilate’s guilt (Luke 23:26).
In its present form (ca.
100-110 CE) is that John does not place the blame for Jesus’ death solely on Pilate, or Pilate’s Jewish authorities, or even the Jewish authorities alone, but on “Jews” collectively (John 19:12).
The stage is laid for the later, tragic accusation that “the Jews murdered Jesus,” despite the fact that John does not state so explicitly.
It was not until after Constantine established a complete break with Judaism as such that the term “Christ-killers” was coined to describe these individuals.
Bishop John Chrysostom of Constantinople (ca.
By the Middle Ages, the label “Christ-killers” had evolved into a linguistic club used to legitimize the ghettoization, persecution, and death of Jews around the world, particularly in Europe.
My argument establishes a chronological order for determining who was responsible for Jesus’ killing, as well as the appropriate terminology for each stage: Romans Leaders of the Romans and Jews The High Priest, the Scribes, and the Elders/Romans Chief Priest, Scribes, Elders, and the general populace/Pilate (sort of) Jews are a group of people who live in a community that is surrounded by other Jews (in general) “Stiff-necked Individuals” “Christ-killers.” According to what I’ve read about Mel Gibson’s movie in published accounts, it appears to be similar to many other films about Jesus in that it combines all of the gospel tales about the passion into a single narrative.
As I’ve demonstrated above, the multiple gospels express quite different messages.
This makes it seem eerily similar to the infamous traditional Catholic Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany, which was in its original form grossly stereotyped and anti-Semitic in its content.
Most crucially, the inclination in virtually all Christian interpretations of Jesus’ death is to adopt as one’s frame of reference, not the first phrase in the sequence I listed above, but the last term in the series. But, to be fair, we’ll have to wait till the film is out before we can find out.
Why was Jesus killed?
(RNS) The crucifixion of Jesus is depicted in a stained glass window at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kevin Eckstrom captured this image of the RNS. The Crucifixion of Jesus. The most important image in Christian worship and art is the cross. For millions of faithful Christians, it is the beating heart of Christian piety. As Good Friday arrives, over two billion Christians from all over the world will once again gather around Jesus, who is hanging on the cross. But, more specifically, why did Jesus die?
- Could various responses to that question represent distinct understandings of Christian theology and, as a result, have different consequences for Christian living and ministry?
- What exactly does this mean?
- To the issue of why Jesus died, I don’t believe there is a single satisfactory answer.
- I’d want to propose four partial solutions to the topic of why Jesus was crucified, and specifically why he died on the cross on the day known as “Good Friday.” Three of these may come as a surprise.
- The crucifixion was a gruesome and horrible punishment that was primarily designed to crush any thoughts of insurrection among the Roman Empire’s subject peoples against the Empire.
- We read and hear the stories about Jesus differently when we consider him as someone who may be viewed as a danger to Rome.
- Second, Jesus was assassinated because certain religious and political authorities in the region regarded him as a potential danger.
Indeed, long before he arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus had been in conflict with a variety of groups, including Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, and officials from the Temple.
Many other interpretations might be made on why he was uncomfortable to them.
The leaders’ concern over Jesus’ grip on the people, as well as their fear that his movement might unleash the wrath of the Roman Empire, are highlighted in some of the earliest Christian writings.
As a result of blaming “the Jews” for Jesus’ crucifixion, awful Christian anti-Semitism flourished for many years, a reality that should be taken into consideration while interpreting these scriptures today.
According to the Gospels, Jesus virtually took possession of the Temple, which served as the focal point of Jewish life and worship, for a period of several days during the final week of his life.
Because of the threat of a riot or a rebellion, it was difficult to apprehend or detain him.
There, Jesus was taken into custody, and by the next afternoon, he had died.
Was it because he had been disillusioned with Jesus that he did this?
Was he only interested in it for the money?
However, it is vital to remember that Jesus died in part as a result of the betrayal of a friend.
Jesus only had twelve disciples.
(4) Although Jesus was crucified, his death resulted in the salvation of the entire world.
A half-dozen primary ideas exist to explain how exactly Jesus’ crucifixion brought about this redemption.
When I look at a cross, I see (and feel) a variety of different things.
I’ve witnessed firsthand the cost of standing up for justice on a number of occasions.
God’s anguish for this sinful planet may be seen in my visions at times.
Then there’s Easter Sunday, which is a day of celebration.
If the Resurrection is genuine, God will ultimately triumph, love will triumph, and life will triumph. In the end, it all comes down to this. However, we are not yet at the end of the road, and so we only get to witness glimpses of God’s victory, love, and life.
Why Did the Religious Leaders Want to Kill Jesus?
According to the New Testament, the religious authorities despised Jesus to the degree that they seized Him, tried Him, and took Him before Pilate to be sentenced to death for His actions. What was it that made them so enraged with Jesus that they desired to have Him executed? There were a variety of reasons why they desired Jesus’ death. There were a lot of aspects of Jesus’ character that upset the religious authorities. These are among them.
- What He claimed
- What he did
- What he said
- His challenge to their religious system
- His threat to their way of life
- The individuals with whom He interacted
- And the people with whom He interacted It was his lack of regard for their religious traditions that bothered me.
The religious leaders were enraged by these six items on the list above. As a result, they want to see Jesus put to death. We shall take each of these arguments into consideration. 1. The claims of Jesus outweighed the authority of the authorities. Whenever Jesus declared Himself to be the Messiah, it implied that His authority trumped their authority. He said that the religious authorities did not believe Him, and they were outraged that some of the people did. They inquired, “Have any of the rulers or Pharisees placed their faith in him?” However, this mob of people who do not understand the law is cursed (John 7:48, 49).
- However, the leaders’ hostility and envy were heightened as a result of the attention Jesus was receiving.
- Aside from the religious authorities, Jesus’ actions enraged them as well.
- The miracle was evident, considering that the man was demon-possessed as well as blind and deaf.
- As a result, their “official” explanation for Jesus’ power was that it originated from Satan.
- Jesus was also a danger to their religious structure, which they viewed as a menace.
The Bible relates that on two separate occasions, He entered the temple precincts and drove out the moneychangers, according to the accounts.
And he discovered people who were selling oxen, lambs, and doves in the temple, as well as the money changers who were sitting at their tables.
Jesus posed a threat to their way of life in four ways.
The relationship between the Jews and the Romans was in shaky shaky shape.
He was enraged by the people with whom he interacted.
Those in authority were brimming with self-importance and arrogance.
In response to one Pharisee’s observation that Jesus allowed a woman to wash His feet, he remarked, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what type of woman this lady this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39).
“When the Son of Guy came eating and drinking, they exclaimed, “Look, a gluttonous man and an intoxicated man, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” 11:19) in the Bible.
When Jesus hung out with these people, it upset the Pharisees and other religious leaders who were accustomed to being in charge.
Jesus Showed Little Respect For Their Customs And Traditions The religious authorities were particularly enraged by Jesus’ lack of regard for their religious traditions, which was more than anything else.
He was well aware that these were regulations imposed by humans rather than rules originating from God.
God had instructed that the Sabbath be observed as a day of rest from labor and a time of worshiping the Lord Almighty.
When Jesus saw how they had distorted the Sabbath observance, he was very saddened and enraged.
They, on the other hand, remained mute.
Then Jesus performed a miracle in their midst, healing a man.
They came to the conclusion that the actual Messiah would never do something like that.
They were sure that Jesus would have to die for their sake.
The religious authorities did not wish to send Jesus to death for any reason that was divine or moral in their eyes.
They were adamant about not hearing the truth of God.
In the first place, the assertions he made indicated that he possessed higher power than they.
Because of the supernatural miracles that he performed, which revealed his greater power, they desired him dead for another reason.
He visited the temple and expressed his displeasure with the procedures.
They were apprehensive about how the Romans might react.
Their urge to kill him stemmed mostly from a lack of regard for their religious traditions, which they felt compelled to do so. This is especially evident in regards to Jesus’ attitude toward the Sabbath day. Every one of these factors led to their nefarious intention to have Jesus crucified.
Why Did Jesus Die?
Jesus died in order for humanity to be cleansed of their sins and to be granted an eternity of life. (See also Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 1:7) Jesus’ death also demonstrated that a person may stay faithful to God even when confronted with the most difficult of circumstances. In Hebrews 4:15, the Bible says Consider how the death of a one individual may have such a significant impact. “The forgiveness of our sins” was the reason Jesus died. —Colossians 1:14 (NIV). Adam, the first human being, was born sinless and without flaw.
- Adam’s disobedience, often known as sin, had far-reaching consequences for all of his descendants.
- Scripture reference: Romans 5:19.
- As a result, Jesus has the potential to be “an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 2:2; see also footnote ) Similar to how Adam’s transgression polluted the human family with sin, so Jesus’ sacrifice washed away the stain of sin from the hearts of those who put their faith in him.
- By freely dying on our behalf, Jesus repurchased humankind and claimed it as his own.
- The Bible says in 1 John 2:1.
- —John 3: 16 Despite the fact that Adam was designed to live forever, his transgression resulted in the imposition of the sentence of death upon him.
- In Romans 5:12, the Bible says In contrast, Jesus’ death not only wiped the stain of sin off the face of the earth, but it also revoked the death sentence for anyone who places their trust in him.
Humans, of course, still have a finite life span in the modern world.
[See also Psalm 37:29 and 1 Corinthians 15:22.] It was through his obedience to the point of death that Jesus demonstrated that a human may remain faithful to God in the face of any test or adversity.
The reason Adam disobeyed God even though he had a wonderful intellect and body is that he had a selfish yearning for something that was not his.
Job 2:4 (Job 2:5) Even though he died in dishonor and agony, the ideal man Jesus followed God and remained devoted to him throughout the entire world.
What was the purpose of Jesus’ suffering and death in order to redeem humans?
It is written in God’s law that “the penalty of sin is death.” (See Romans 6:23.) Because God did not want to keep this commandment hidden from Adam, he informed him that the consequence for disobeying would be death.
(See Titus 1:2.) Not only did Adam pass on sin to his progeny, but he also passed on the penalty for sin – death.
(See also Ephesians 1:7) It was both deeply reasonable and wonderfully compassionate of God to make a provision to redeem people by sending Jesus to the cross as a perfect sacrifice.
During the Jewish Passover, Jesus died at “the ninth hour,” which is the ninth hour from dawn, or around three o’clock in the afternoon.
on the first day of April.
When Jesus was executed, it took place in “the so-called Skull Place,” which is known as Golgothain Hebrew.
(See also Hebrews 13:12) It’s possible that it was on a hill because the Bible indicates that several people witnessed Jesus’ death “from a distance.” (Matthew 15:40) The precise site of Golgotha’s current location, on the other hand, cannot be confirmed with precision.
However, despite popular belief that Jesus was crucified — that is, killed on a cross — the Bible states that “His own self bore our sins in his own body upon the tree.” The King James Version of 1 Peter 2:24 states that During Jesus’ execution, the Bible writers employed two Greek terms to allude to the weapon of his death: stauros andxylon.
What should be done to commemorate Jesus’ death?
(1 Corinthians 11:24) The Bible says: Jesus was put to death a few hours after that.
(See 1 Corinthians 5:7 for further information).
Every year, Jews celebrated the Passover, which was celebrated on Nisan 14 according to the lunar calendar; the early Christians honored the Memorial Day on the same day every year.
A memorial service for Jesus’ death is held annually on the date corresponding to Nisan 14, which is observed by millions of people all over the world.