Bible Study from Matthew 27:1-2 – Easter Story
Who Killed Jesus – The Romans or the Jews?
Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death;
and they bound Him, and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor. – Matthew 27:1
Jesus is Condemned
Only the Romans could issue an order for capital punishment so Pilate had the decision of whether Jesus would live or die.
Christ was handed to him by the religious leaders.
Who Killed Jesus? The Romans or the Jews?
Well, the true answer of course is .. nobody. God allowed Him to go to the cross in order to fulfill Scripture and save us from sin.
The Romans physically put Christ on the cross but the Jewish leaders were the true executioners.
They knew that the Roman government could care less about their charge of blasphemy against Jesus. They had to convince Pilate of a different charge–one against the Roman Empire.
For this reason, the leaders contrived the charge that Jesus was a threat to Caesar by rebelling and claiming to be a king over the Jews. Of course, Rome could not allow this, if it were true.
Did Pilate Have Jesus Killed?
With all Pilate’s faults, his deceit and basic mistreatment of authority, he could not find Jesus guilty of any crime against the throne of Rome. But, we’ll cover that point in the next study lesson.
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