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Are Jews responsible for Jesus’ death?

crucifixionDid 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


But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

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

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

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




16 thoughts on “Are Jews responsible for Jesus’ death?

  1. Acts 4:27-28 says that God made Herod do what he did, Herod killed children, and Acts 4:27-28 says that God made man kill His son because that was predestined by God to happen.

    Acts 4:27 – For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Yeshua, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

    4:28 – to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.


    1. This passage I believe means God had determined beforehand that Christ would be put to death not that he made Herod do it. Herod ended up having a part in what God had determined would happen. God also gave Pilate an out when Pilate’s wife was given a nightmare warning him to stay away from the whole matter.


      1. @born,

        [That’s not what the bible says]

        It’s easy for you to take snippets and put them together to give the Calvinist message you wish. But here’s what the Bible said about Pilate, “19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” Matthew 27. The Bible did indeed say that Pilate was warned, therefore he did have an out where he had the choice to leave Jesus alone.


  2. Everything that Herod did was predestined by God to occur, that’s what Acts 4:27-28 says – therefore God made Herod do what he did for God’s purpose, the same goes for the people that killed the Messiah

    Isaiah 45:7 I make peace and create evil, I the LORD do all these things.
    Revelation 17:17 makes it very clear that God makes people do what they do.

    Rev 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.


    1. @born,

      Once again, you’re taking snippets out of context to support your extreme Calvinist views. Essentially, you’re accusing God of being the author of sin and evil when he isn’t. God doesn’t make people do what they do. He gives them free will to make up their own minds, then allows them to be hardened in their choices.

      When God told Moses to go to Pharaoh to tell him to let his people go, God said, “And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go,” Exodus 3:19-20. God knew Pharaoh had already hardened his heart. So in Exodus 4:21 he tells Moses, “And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.” When people have made the choice in their own hearts to reject God, “…God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts … God gave them up unto vile affections … And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…” Romans 1. Romans 1 clearly states the people made ungodly choices for themselves then God responded by giving them up to the consequences of their choices.

      You’re twisting Isaiah 45:7 to fit your Calvinism. The Bible defines words according to context. The context of Isaiah 45 is that the Lord will use Cyrus to carry out his wishes, whether they are blessings or judgments. God makes situations peaceful or evil (troublesome) depending on people’s actions. “Evil” in this case means “troubles,” not “sin” or “iniquity” as you imply (see Deut. 31:16-17, 20-21).

      Revelation 17:17 follows Revelation 13:3-4 which says, “…all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” Of their own free will, they worshiped Satan, so God hardened them in what they already decided for themselves. That’s where Revelation 17 comes in.

      In the early days of the Earth, God was disgusted in Genesis 6 with man’s behavior and said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years,” when he determined there would be a flood (an “evil” event) to punish man. If God makes all men do what they do, then why was his spirit striving with man? He was striving with man because he was attempting to persuade mankind to do what was right in his eyes. No striving would happen on God’s part if no one has free will according to your Calvinist doctrines.


      1. Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I make peace & create evil, I the LORD do all these things. Jeremiah19:9 And I, God shall make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters and they will eat one another’s flesh during the stress of the siege imposed by the enemies who seek their lives.

        I used to believe that there is a fallen angel called satan / the devil that makes evil happen because that is what I was taught, but upon further study of the bible, it is made very clear that there is nothing in the bible that supports that belief, the truth is, it is God that makes evil happen.

        A fallen angel called satan or the devil doesn’t make evil happen, God does, the Old Testament says God will have men [those who are led by the flesh] kill children and rape women.

        Isaiah 13:16 Their children also “shall be” dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives “ravished” (shakab – to rape).

        The teaching that says, “satan is the author of death and destruction”, is false.

        A Christian is someone that is born of the Spirit, no one led by the Spirit would ever say, “satan is the author of death and destruction” because that is not true, those who claim to be from God that don’t speak the truth are led by the flesh, those who are led by the flesh are not born of the Spirit, which means that they are not born of God.

        The teaching that says, “satan is the author of death and destruction”, is false.


      2. @born,

        [I used to believe that there is a fallen angel called satan / the devil that makes evil happen…but upon further study of the bible, it is made very clear that there is nothing in the bible that supports that belief]

        Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. Not sure what Bible you’re reading, but I guess you don’t believe Jesus’ words:

        31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

        32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22


        31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him…

        44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8 (Satan was the first liar ever and since all sin is based on lies, he was also the originator of sin.)


        8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5


        8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 (Hmmm. If Jesus’ goal is to destroy the devil’s works, but there is no devil, then he would be fighting against himself. And as he said, “A house divided against itself shall not stand.” Then how is it that God’s kingdom stands forever, as the scripture says? Your assumptions about the devil, born, just don’t hold water and they’re spiritually and logically unsound.)


        9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

        10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20

        Now to the Isaiah text. Why did Isaiah 13 occur? Because the people of Babylon were merciless toward Israel when they took Israel into captivity. Therefore, what they did to Israel was coming back on them from the Medo-Persian empire. God did not order everything the Medes & Persians would do to the Babylonians, but he sent them to punish the Babylonians and predicted what would happen. The Medes & Persians themselves were also later punished for their wickedness.

        It’s obvious by your statements that your comments aren’t led by the Spirit of God. You’ve deceived yourself.


  3. God’s feast of Passover was the shadow of the main event. It was back then appointed that the Jews should kill the Lamb.

    Shadow…Ex 12:3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb…

    John 1:29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

    Shadow…Ex 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, …..

    Luke 23:13And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers (Jews) and the people, 14Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault (blemish) in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:

    Shadow…Ex 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month (Passover): and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

    Matt 25:1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 2Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

    Matt 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council (Jews), sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

    Matt 26:66 What think ye? They (Jews) answered and said, He is guilty of death.

    Shadow…Ex 12:7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, (the blood applied). 8And they shall eat the flesh in that night, …. 11 …. it is the LORD’S passover.

    Luke 22:19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body (flesh) which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

    Shadow…Ex 12:46 ….; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

    John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

    1Peter 1:19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

    On the road to Emmaus, Jesus came upon two disciples that were sad.
    Luke 24:25Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

    So it was the Jews that had to put the Lamb to death, but it was for salvation, then and now.

    1 Corinthians 5:7 … For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8Therefore ~let us keep the feast~, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


  4. The truth is the whole world participated in the crucifiction of the Christ, not just the Jews or the Romans who were the economy of the time. The WHOLE world, because Jesus died and rose again for everyone.


    1. Jn 10:15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

      In John 10:15, the Messiah specifically says that he is going to die for the sheep, the sheep are the Jews and the Gentiles that are born of the Spirit, the Jews and the Gentiles that are born of the Spirit are the people that believe God’s Son, Yeshua is the Messiah that no longer practice sin.

      Matthew 25:33 And he [the Messiah] shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

      Matthew 25:41 Then shall he [the Messiah] say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil [the devil is the natural man (the flesh)] and his angels [the devil’s angels are those who are led by the flesh]:

      It is often said that the Messiah (Christ) died for everyone, but that teaching doesn’t agree with what the Messiah said who he would die for.

      The Messiah did not die for Judas, therefore the Messiah did not die for everyone, the “whole world” that is spoken of in 1 John 2:2, are the Jews and the Gentiles that believe Yeshua is the Messiah that no longer practice sin.

      A Christian is someone that is led by the Holy Spirit, no one led by the Holy Spirit will ever say, “Christ died for everyone”, because the Bible does not say that. No one led by the Holy Spirit will ever say something different than what the Bible says a Christian is supposed to believe.

      If someone claims to be Christian and says something different than what the Bible says a Christian is supposed to believe, the person is not led by the Holy Spirit, the person is led by the flesh, those who are led by the flesh are not the children of God.

      Romans 8:14 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God [the Holy Spirit], they are the children of God.

      In the world today there are many people that claim to be Christian that say it is ok for there to be different denominations in the church, that it is ok for a Christian to believe something different than what another Christian believes, but the Bible does not support different denominations in the church, 1 Corinthians 1:10 says that the church is supposed to believe the same thing.

      1 Cor. 1:10 – But I urge {and} entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, that all of you be in perfect harmony {and} full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions {or} factions {or} divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions {and} judgments.


      1. @born,

        [the Messiah did not die for everyone, the “whole world” that is spoken of in 1 John 2:2, are the Jews and the Gentiles that believe Yeshua is the Messiah that no longer practice sin.]

        Once again, you’re taking snippets out of context for the sake of your Calvinism. None of the scriptures you quote specifically say Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world. That’s just your Calvinist eisegesis talking. And just because someone doesn’t agree with your ‘John Calvin-on-a-pedestal’ views–where you equate Calvinist doctrine with what the apostles taught by the Holy Ghost–does not mean people are not led by the Spirit. Calvin’s doctrines (i.e. your assessments) don’t agree with the Bible.

        16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3 (He doesn’t say God so loved ‘only the elect’ that ‘when the elect’ believe.)

        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 (No exceptions are specified anywhere here. You have placed them in yourself, born. “Whole world” means 100% of the world’s population–past, present, future. If it didn’t, John would have stated specifically Jesus was the propitiation for only the elect. Not only that, but John made it clear he was writing to everyone who would ever believe in Christ. So if this was only for the present and future elect, why would he bother with the redundancy of saying, “and not for us elect only, but for the sins of the whole world of elect.” It wouldn’t make sense.)

        37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. John 7

        6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5

        4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2

        10 …we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Timothy 4

        9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. Hebrews 2

        9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3 (Peter by the Holy Ghost would not say this if the elect were already set aside for salvation.)


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