1st May 2019

Who killed Jesus?

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.”
Acts 2:22-23 (ESV)

We put a high value on our democratic system and we’d like to see other countries that have other systems of government adopt ours. We don’t approve of dictators – we’ve seen the misery that they can bring on their people. Nor are we happy with rule imposed by a religious elite – we’ve see the oppression it brings. As Winston Churchill said: Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

We can see all those three ways of rulership lined up to get Jesus killed. First the Pharisees and the priests decided that they had to get rid of him. They kidnapped him when no one was around to object. As is the way with oppressors, the arrest was done under the darkness of the night and he had be tried and pronounced guilty and worthy of death within a few hours.

But they lacked the power to execute him and had to enlist the power of the governmental representative of the Roman dictatorship, Herod. However in Jesus’ case Herod got cold feet because although the lobbyists wanted Him dead, he could see that Jesus appeared to be innocent. To get round this dilemma Herod decided to take a political route and to put Jesus’ fate to the vote. And the people, at least the ones who were there to take part, all voted for his crucifixion.

So who killed Jesus? Looks like all of society was complicit in making sure the Son of God died. In other words – all of us.

Prayer
Our Father, none of us can raise our hands in innocence. We thank you that through your great grace to all your recalcitrant children you turned our rejection of your Son into victory for us.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
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