The question of who killed Jesus has fired controversy that has raged through the centuries. During the Middle Ages, the unruly Crusaders sometimes killed Jews on their way to free Jerusalem from the Turks. They considered them guilty of Christ’s death and referred to them as “Christ-killers.” Even today feelings run deep on this issue. A few years ago a Jewish professor objected to a brief reference in Our Daily Bread that the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day were partly to blame for the Savior’s death.
According to Matthew’s account, it appears that the Romans were responsible. The Roman governor Pilate delivered Jesus to death, even while declaring His innocence. And Roman soldiers led Him down the Via Dolorosa and publicly executed Him. Yet Peter, preaching several weeks later in Jerusalem, accused the Jews of crucifying Him (Acts 2:22-24).
People who receive Christ as their personal Savior do not argue about who killed Jesus. They know He died for every sinner (2 Corinthians 5:15). On the cross, He paid the penalty for the sins of both Jews and Romans, as well as for ours (1 Peter 2:24). Ultimately, then, we are all responsible for His death.
Christ died for us. Our sins cost Him His life. By trusting Him, we receive forgiveness and eternal life. – David C. Egner
Jesus took our place that we might have His peace; He took our sin that we might have His salvation.
- November 27, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread