Who killed Jesus?
The set of people who antagonized, rebelled and eventually killed Jesus were the people in the church. His opposition did not come from “sinners”, but from the people who believed in God.
“From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.” Matthew 16:21 (NLT)
Why? It was as a result of lack of understanding.
How? They thought that Jesus came to destroy the law, not knowing that He came to fulfill it.
“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” Matthew 5:17 (NLT)
The law in itself can kill and destroy a man – I mean when you read the letter of the law, you don’t grasp full understand of the intention (purpose) of God on that. The elders, priests, and teachers of the law could not understand the angle Jesus was coming from. They were guided by the letter of the law but Jesus was instructed by the spirit of the law.
“He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)
Those who are guided by the letter of the law dwell on the judgment angle of it (Remember the woman caught in adultery) but those who are guided by the spirit of the law dwell on the purpose of it – That made Jesus to see differently from what the elders, priests and teachers of the law were seeing.
THE PLACE OF UNDERSTANDING
Solomon advised so strongly of the relevance of understanding.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 (KJV)
Understanding simply means good judgment, and good judgment must be thoroughly developed.
“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” Proverbs 4:7 (NLT)
DEVELOPING GOOD JUDGMENT
Always give chance for explanation: God did with Adam and Eve. When He came to the garden after they sinned, He asked them questions and allowed them to explain. He wanted to get a confession from them, so that he could help, and not destroy them. Genesis 3 – (It is the same principle being used in the court of law today; and the main purpose of prison to offenders is reformation)
Be slow to speak: Even if you learnt of someone committed sin, slow your roll, don’t just speak about it. Human being will always paint a picture of gloom and condemnation and referred to what the repercussion of such offence should be.
“Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” John 8:1-4 (NLT)
Rather than responding quickly and immediately to that, Jesus was quick to hear but slow to speak (James 1:19), and when He spoke, He judged rightly, not to destroy the woman, rather to reform her and help the accusers to understand the spirit of that law and stop dwelling on the letters of the law.
“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:7-11 (NLT)