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Crucifixion of Jesus

The debate regarding who is to blame for the crucifixion of Jesus revolves around blaming the Jewish people or the Romans. To blame the former creates the onset of anti-Semitism accusations.  The evidence for the debate often looks only at historical accounts of who did what and by whose authority the sentence of death was carried out.  Honestly, it mattes little by whose hands the actual deed was done.

Jesus, himself, while nailed to the cross, bruised, beaten, and suffering for his next breath asked God to, “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He didn’t blame those before Him who hoisted and nailed Him upon the cross. He didn’t blame the political or religious leaders of the day or the crowds gearing at Him. He didn’t blame Judas who betrayed Him with a kiss.

Moreover, He preached that He did not come into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world through Him, could be saved.

In actuality, it was the sin of every human who has ever lived that created the conditions for His crucifixion.  He came to be the substitution offering for our sins.  Even then though, He placed Himself on the cross willingly for all of creation.  While our sins in a way put Him there, it was not against His will for He willed His Father’s will to give the greatest love sacrifice the world will ever know.

To quibble about whether the Jews or Romans had any part in putting Him on the cross, is irrelevant to the real matter that He willingly went to the cross like a Lamb to the slaughter.  It was necessary for it to happen the way that it did and He does not cast blame on anyone for it. 

Peter betrayed Him three times, and He forgave Peter.  He would have also forgiven Judas, had Judas repented rather than taking His own life.  Maybe even still Judas found His forgiveness, the Bible doesn’t tell us. 

We do know that He, in the midst of inhuman pain, asked God to forgive.  He is our example of unconditional forgiveness.  Meaningless is the debate of what people group had more guilt in the sentencing of Jesus to die, because forgiveness is the way of the cross.  The act was their and our salvation, for God turns all things around to the good of those who love Him.  There is no cause for blame, for even this most horrific of acts was one we all took part in, and one that we are all forgiven for as we enter that forgiveness offered by the one who is Salvation, Jesus Christ.