Did the Jews kill Jesus? This age-old question has once again set off the ire of some of today’s Jews thanks to actor Kevin Sorbo who was a guest Monday, September 8 on Jerry Newcombe’s radio show. The actor was promoting the DVD “God’s Not Dead” when he made the infamous statement that the Jews killed Jesus. Newcombe attempted to correct Sorbo in that technically the Romans put him to death. Sorbo then responded that the Jews had a hand in it.
The Anti-Defamation League has dismissed the idea that Jews killed Jesus as just a myth spread by the New Testament. Others, not wanting to look anti-Semitic, either say the Romans killed him or that since Jesus died for everyone’s sins, we all are responsible. So which view is correct? I personally think the better question is, Does anyone really have the right to hate Jews if Jews killed Jesus? That would be a resounding ‘No!’ in my opinion.
Since the accounts of Jesus’ life as recorded in the New Testament have been proven to be historically accurate by even secular sources and Christians should accept it as God’s infallible word, let’s take a look at what is recorded there:
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10
22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry. Matthew 17
17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Matthew 20
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. John 19
14 But Peter [filled with the Holy Ghost], standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain…
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2
51 [Stephen said to the Jewish leaders,] Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers… Acts 7
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15
2 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
The Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death. So were the Romans. Judas Iscariot in particular was also. The princes of this world were responsible. So were everyone’s sins. Yet, at the same time, Jesus took on the responsibility of laying down his own life as a sacrifice for all of us. Anyone who rejects living for Jesus is no better than the Jews who conspired to murder him or Pilate who allowed it.
Harry A. Gaylord