Who Killed Jesus Christ? By Robert Breaker III
Did you ever stop to think of the reason why Jesus Christ died on the cross? Was he even guilty? What crime did he commit? And who killed him?
THE SECULAR VIEWPOINT
The secular world says that Jesus was just a historical figure, just a mortal man who lived several thousand years ago in the Roman Empire, and who was brutally murdered and hanged on a cross to die for no reason. They claim he was nothing more than a religious teacher, and usually debase his fame and impact on the world. But what about his importance to countless millions of Christians? And have you ever stopped to wonder why we base our calendar on this man?
THE BIBLE VIEWPOINT
The Bible tells us the whole truth about Jesus Christ and his importance to man. It also tells us why he died. In Matthew 1:23 we read of the prophecy of Jesus’ birth: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Here we are told that Jesus Christ was GOD born of a virgin sent to earth! Of the Deity of Christ there can be no doubt, for 1 Timothy 3:16 proclaims: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Jesus Christ—God manifest in the flesh—came to this sin-sick world and walked among us for 33 years. He, the sinless Creator, came to his Creation, but was rejected: “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:1, 10, and 11) As a sinless Saviour, Jesus Christ walked this earth for one purpose—TO DIE IN OUR PLACE FOR OUR SINS: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Cor. 5:21) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Pet. 2:24) Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross of Calvary for all our sins—the innocent for the guilty. Even Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him, said he was guiltless of any crime when he said, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” (Matt. 27:4) Biblically, Jesus Christ was the SINLESS SUBSTITUTE who paid for the sins of the whole world.
The question then is “Who is Jesus Christ to you?” To answer this question, you need to ask yourself, “Who killed Jesus Christ?” Was it the Romans? Was it the Jews? Was it Judas? Or, could it be that we are all guilty for the death of Jesus Christ? Yourself included! According to the Bible, Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the whole world: “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2) That is to say that Jesus Christ died for YOUR sins too! That means YOU ARE GUILTY of the death of Jesus Christ. You put him on the cross! You nailed his hands and feet. YOUR SINS made Jesus die! Clearly the Bible teaches that all men are sinners: “For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) But the question is, “Do you see yourself as guilty before a holy God?” God wants to save you and forgive you of all your sins, but you must realize that you killed Jesus Christ. And only he can save you. 1 Tim. 2:3-6 states: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” Don’t make Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection on the cross for your sins meaningless. Accept the fact that your sins killed Jesus Christ, and receive Him by faith and the forgiveness that only he offers. Ephesians 2:8,9 proclaim: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” In what should you place your faith? The Bible answer is found in Romans 3:25: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Why not trust the blood of Jesus Christ shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of your sins and to give you eternal life?
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. - Romans 6:23
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