who crucified jesus?

who crucified jesus? this is a great question to contemplate as easter approaches. here’s how john piper answers the question in his book, “the passion of jesus christ: fifty reasons why he came to die.”

“The ultimate answer to the question, Who crucified Jesus? is: God did. It is a staggering thought. Jesus was his Son. And the suffering was unsurpassed. But the whole message of the Bible leads to this conclusion (Isaiah 53:10; Acts 4:27-28; Romans 3:25, 8:32)… The depth and scope of this divine sovereignty takes our breath away. But it is also the key to our salvation.”

we need to dwell deeply on this question and on the profound answer we find in the bible. and it gets even deeper when you read jesus’ own amazing statement recorded in john 10:17-18

“I [Jesus] lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

reflecting on this passage, piper notes: “The controversy about who killed jesus is marginal. He chose to die. His father ordained it. He embraced it.”

the scandalous sovereignty of god set forth in these and other passages should shatter any simplistic, sentimental, self-serving thoughts we have about our savior and should send us to our knees weeping in worship and gazing at the glory of god in the face of christ.

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~ by david on March 14, 2010.

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