Radio and TV have given much time to discussion of "The Passion." The primary point of discussion seems to be over who gets the blame for the death of Christ. Let's consider what the Bible says about the topic.
- God Planned It Because of Love and Justice--Acts 2:22-23, "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth....being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God..." Yes, God planned the death of His Son: not out of meanness, but out of love. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son." John 3:16. In addition to His love, He was motivated by justice. You see, God will not just "overlook" sin. He paid for it in the death of His Son. God was not sleeping on the day Christ was crucified. It was no accident of fate. He was "The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Revelation 13:8
- Adams Race Required It Because of Sin--1 Corinthians 15:3, "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." Romans 4:25, "[Jesus] who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." It was my sin and your sin that required the death of Christ. Although we did not actually drive the nails, we bare responsibility just the same.
- The Jews Rejected Him Because of Pride and Power--The scriptures are abundantly clear that Jesus came through the Hebrew line. Romans 9:4-5, "Who are Israelites...and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came." John 1:9, "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." It has always amazed me that the Jews rejected their Messiah. He proved His deity in so many miracles. Only pride could keep a person from admitting such an obvious truth. In their quest for power and control, the Jewish Elders stirred the people to reject the very one who has been given all power.
- The Romans Crucified Him Because They Wanted Peace--Luke 23:13-24 shows the struggle that went on inside of Pilate. He was torn between Jesus' obvious guiltlessness (which he and Herod had both confessed), and the Jews' chanting in the courtyard, "Crucify Him, Crucify Him!" Pilate just wanted peace. He sacrificed permanent truth for temporary peace.
In summary:There is no human who is not guilty of the death of Christ. Historically, people either accept that accusation and go to God for personal forgiveness; or they reject the accusation and continue in ultimate denial. What is your Plea? Guilty or Not Guilty?