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Day 52: Who Murdered Jesus?

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 22, 2011


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Several years ago, Mel Gibson came out with the movie The Passion of the Christ. A lot of controversy swirled because one could draw a conclusion from the movie that the Jews killed Jesus.

While there is no question from Scripture that the rejection of the Jews was the basis for Jesus murder and that the leaders of the Jews wanted Jesus killed, I propose that they were only a party to the crime.  The actual murder still lives today.

The Romans

The Roman leaders were acting in behalf of the Jewish leadership because the Jews could not, under Roman law, sentence a man to death. Pilate, Herod and company simply placed their stamp of approval on the murder of an innocent man and condemned him to death.

So who killed Jesus?

The Roman guards were the ones who beat and whipped him.  They were the ones who pulled out his beard and crowned his head with thorns. They were the brutes who made him carry his own instrument of death to the top of a dirty hill where they stripped him of his clothes, casting lots for his underwear and  nailing his hands and feet to cross beams of wood to be raised up in order to let the sun beat on his naked, battered and bruised body for six long torturous hours.

The Roman guards watched him breath his last and saw the darkness and earthquakes.  They made sure of his death by thrusting a spear in his side.  So obviously, they are guilty.

But wait…

Didn’t Jesus say from the cross, “Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing”?

So maybe they aren’t the only ones guilty.

So who murdered Jesus?

Judas

Let’s blame Judas.  If he didn’t betray Jesus to the Jews, maybe Jesus would still be walking the earth today.  That back-stabbing man ate dinner with Jesus just before he sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver… the cost of a slave, and to add insult to injury, he pointed him out to the Jewish leaders with a kiss of friendship.

But wait…

Didn’t Jesus approve Judas’ task by telling him before hand, “What you are going to do, do quickly”.  That really muddies the waters.

So who murdered the perfect man?

His Father

What about God?  I mean, didn’t God send his son to earth to die? How many fathers would do that to their child? Didn’t he love Jesus? Didn’t he care? Couldn’t he have stopped the whole thing? Didn’t Jesus pray for another way and God not answer that prayer?

But wait…

Didn’t Jesus tell us that “I am in the Father and the Father is in me”. Didn’t he tell us that God so LOVED THE WORLD that he gave his son.  Maybe God’s love for the world was so great that he did what he had to do to make a way for the world to return to him. Maybe Jesus meant what he said in that same prayer when he concluded his plea with “nevertheless – not my will, but your will be done.”

So who was it really?

You and Me

What about us? You know… “the world” that God loves so much.

It started with a man named Adam and a command from God that said, “Don’t eat of this one tree, for in the day you eat of it, you will die”.

Adam defied God’s instruction, and Adam’s first sin planted a seed in each and every person ever born in this world that God loved so much.

Every person is doomed to die apart from God because of sin that rules and reigns in the hearts of men.

Sin lived in the Jews that wanted Jesus dead, the Romans that carried out their wishes, and it lives in you and me today.

It is the sin in us that murdered Jesus.  If we had not sinned, Jesus would not have died.  An innocent lamb sent to the slaughter so that by his death, anyone who believes on him won’t have to die apart from God, but can have eternal life with God.

We are all guilty.  We committed the murder of the ages, a crime beyond any every conceived. We all participated in the death of God, and yet… It is by that very death that we are forgiven for the very murder we committed.

It is the only crime that makes things right again in the heart of those that committed it, but only to those that believe on the saving work Jesus death brings to mankind.

Though we are all murderers, the wrath of God was poured out upon his only son so that we could all live in peace and freedom with God.

So yes, we are all guilty, but you can be free of that guilt by accepting what Jesus went through on your behalf. Believe in Jesus, receive the gift of salvation, ask for forgiveness, confess Jesus Christ as the master of your life and you too can be free of the crime of the ages.

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This Pacman Doesn’t Gobble Ghosts

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 23, 2010


I am no fan of boxing, but once in a lifetime a person comes along that you just have to love no matter their occupation. His name is Manny (Pacmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan) Pacquiao. I see him as “Manny-smiles”.

His sport is a violent one. The basic object, beat your opponent up before he beats you up. (Sounds like how the rest of the world works, but I digress.)

There are two lessons I learned from watching the 60 Minutes video of him – see below. First, He has a unique skill in boxing; he is equally devastating with both fists.

You may not think that is a very big deal, but when you are on the receiving end, you don’t look for jab, jab, jab, PUNCH! You look out for PUNCH, PUNCH, PUNCH. He is an ambidextrous boxer, and the pain comes from all sides.

We believers need to learn to deal with the enemy of our souls in the same way. Don’t just shore up one part of your life; train your whole life – body, soul, mind, spirit, heart, etc. to be equally strong to both stand against the enemy and to do battle with him when that time comes. Build up the weak areas in your life and reinforce the strong areas.

Second, Manny-smiles! Fighting is not easy, but Manny smiles anyway. Why? I believe it comes from knowing who he is and where he came from. He was a dead man on the streets of the Philippine islands. He worked hard and got a break. He has now won the championship in 8 different weight classes. I guess you could say that he enjoys the battles because he expects to win.

There are a lot of defeated Christians trying to battle through life with a lack of assurance that they can or ever will win. The Scriptures say that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37), so do battle with a smile. You might get hit a few times, but I have a secret for you… the fight has been fixed. You will win in the end!

So fight like you know it.

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Have a Powerful Life

Posted by undergroundchurch on May 20, 2009


You know, Christianity is easy in theory, but very difficult in practice.  But like most things, the more you practice, the better you get. 

There is a secret that every Christian should know about their faith.  It’s a secret that many may have heard about, but few understand.  If we can just get this one nugget of knowledge, we can and will become a most powerful people. 

Like the U.S. Constitution for our country, the Bible lays out a great framework for the believer’s life.  Application is the key.  When the Constitution is rightly applied, the country benefits and the original intent is met. When it is misinterpreted, you get all sorts of strange concoctions.

The Bible delivers an outstanding framework in one particular chapter that if followed, will guarantee success.  Now remember that success is not measured by the content of your garage, but the character of your being; because God is more interested in your character than your comfort – Rick Warren

Romans chapter eight is the believer’s constitution.  So many have preached on it. So many more have said amen to its content, but so few really follow its instruction. Its instructions are plain, but its practice is difficult, especially if you try to practice it on your own.

Jesus left earth with a promise, the Holy Spirit.  He would come and dwell in us and empower us to live out this difficult Christian walk.  He is more than a conscience, He is the power you need.  He brings with Him, power, comfort, correction, gifts, character building tools, insight into your appointed path, help in dealing with your faults, enhanced prayer, conviction when your stray from the course and a tireless attention to detail.

The Holy Spirit is more than a tag-along in your Christian journey; He is your strength.  The secret to the victorious Christian walk is not to rely on your own strength to do it.  You have to let go of the reigns and and let God get in the driver seat.  He wants you to succeed, and more important, He knows how to get you there. 

So fellow believers, have a powerful life!  You aren’t alone, the Holy Spirit is there just waiting for you to let go.  When you do though, be ready.  He will not operate in ways that always make sense to you, but the more you release to Him, the more you trust in Him, the greater your victories and the more powerful your life shall be.

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