Who Killed Jesus? Just Ask the Jew-Bashers

Posted on March 24, 2022


By David Ettinger

Growing up Jewish in New York City, I would on occasion be called a Jew Bas­­tard. It was a favorite of the anti-Semites I lived around, and dripped off their tongues with such ease.

Not as common for the Jew-bashers in my part of Queens, New York, was the term “Christ-killer.” The reason for this was that the name of Christ was invoked, and many of the “common” anti-Semites had no interest in Jesus.

I would realize many years later that the term “Christ-killer” was more the domain of those who call themselves Christians.

These were those who attended church and though didn’t read their Bibles, knew enough of the story of Christ’s crucifixion to understand that the Jewish leaders called for Jesus’ death and pressed the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, to order it, which he did.

Therefore, humanly speaking, there were 2 agents involved in Jesus’ crucifixion, the Jews who demanded it, and the Romans who carried it out. Yet, I never hear the Jew-bashers calling the Romans “Christ-killers.” No, that endearing term is reserved for the anti-Semitic wing of Christendom.

The Truth of the Matter
When Jesus came to Earth in “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4) – that is, “at the perfect time” – He “came to His own” (John 1:11), that is, His own people, the Jewish people. And yes, they played a hand in His eventual death.

But as influential as the Jews were in Israel, and how soundly administered that region was by the powerful Romans, neither possessed one ounce of authority over the Lord Jesus. In fact, the Lord told Pilate, “You would have no authority over Me at all, if it had not been given to you from above” (John 19:11).

Don’t forget, Jesus came to Earth for the purpose of dying. He came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He was destined to die, so much so that He willed it. He makes this absolutely clear by proclaiming:

For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life
so that I may take it back [through His resurrection]. No one has
taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have authority
to lay it down, and I have authority to take it back.
This commandment I received from My Father (John 10:17-18, italic added).

So yes, though the Jews and Romans were the human agents, Jesus’ death was of His own doing: “NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN ON MY OWN.”

And because Jesus came to die, He would have died no matter when He came to Earth and to what people He came.

Jew-Bashing Ignorance
To that element of Christendom which regards Jews as Christ-killers, their ignorance is astounding. Their anti-Semitism is shocking. Are they not aware of what the apostle Paul says about the Jewish people: “In relation to the gospel they are enemies on your account, but in relation to God’s choice they are beloved on account of the fathers” (Romans 11:28).

Foolish question; of course they are not aware of it.

The truth of the matter is that Jesus came to Earth to die, and no force in the universe could have prevented it! And the even greater truth of the matter is that if Jesus did not die on the cross, you and I would be lost in our sin with no hope of redemption and sentenced without recourse to an eternity in “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43).

And here’s another truth: Though the Jews and Romans were the human agents of Jesus’ death, in reality – because Jesus died for the sins of the WORLD – it was every human being who ever lived who put Jesus on the cross. We are all guilty of sin, and hence we all are responsible for the death of Jesus.

So, ultimately, who killed Jesus? All of us. Who was responsible for His actual death? The Lord Jesus was: “NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN ON MY OWN.”

Of course Jew-bashers will go on bashing, but come on Church, you need to do a better job making this absolute truth absolutely clear.