The prophet Isaiah prophesied the life and suffering of Jesus some eight hundred years before He was born. Nowhere in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied, that Christ would suffer, and then enter into his glory, as in Isaiah 53. However, to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded.
The low condition He submitted to, and His appearance in the world, was not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah. It was expected that He should come in pomp; instead, He grew up as a tender plant, silently. He had nothing of the glory that one might have thought would be His lot. His whole life was not only humble as to outward condition, but also sorrowful. Being made sin for us, He underwent the sentence sin had exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesus to desire an interest in Him. Alas! By how many is He still despised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine and authority!
We are approaching the most outstanding occasion of the Christian year, Easter. Easter is when we celebrate the most earth-shattering and life-changing event of the Resurrection of Jesus from the grave. The Bible is shot through with the significance of the Resurrection for the world.
Who killed Jesus?
Was there an organized conspiracy against the life of Jesus by the religious leaders of His time? Let the scriptures speak for themselves.
In the Gospel of John, the Apostle records the masterful discourse of Jesus concerning His equality with God and His manifestation as being the living bread sent down from heaven (chapters 5-6). After giving this discourse and seeing the open anger of the Jews in response to His message, He left Judea where Jewish Pharisees were in total control and returned to Galilee, which offered Him more personal safety. John records: “After this thing, Jesus went around in Galilee purposely staying away from Judea for the Jews were there waiting to take His life.” (John 7:1) “So from that day on they plotted to take his life. Therefore, Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead, He withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.” (John 11:53-54)
From the beginning of His life, there was hostility against Jesus. When a child, Herod tried to kill Him (Matthew 2:16). The Pharisees held a council with the Herodians to discuss destroying Him because He healed a man on the Sabbath day (Matthew 12:14; Mark 3:6). Jesus was arrested by Jewish soldiers (John 18:3, 10, 11). Jesus was tried by Jewish leaders who had already decided on His guilt (John 18:13-14). Jesus acknowledges that the Jews would kill Him (John 18:36). Jesus acknowledges a lesser and greater sin in those that condemned Him to death (John 19:11). The Jews led Jesus away to be crucified (John 19:16-18).
In the earthly life and ministry of our Lord, He encountered much opposition as He traveled through the ancient land of Palestine doing the work His Father had sent Him to do. During the first century, the land of Palestine where Jesus lived and ministered was divided into three Roman provinces. They were Galilee to the north where Jesus lived as a child and began His ministry; Samaria, located in central Palestine where He ministered to the woman at the well in John Chapter 4; and Judea to the south where He encountered most of His opposition from the leadership of the Jewish nation and was eventually illegally tried, falsely convicted and crucified as a result of the scheming efforts of the Jews and their manipulation of the Roman authorities.
The Jewish leadership, which included Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Chief Priests, and the Sanhedrin heckled and taunted Jesus throughout. They caused His arrest, trial and crucifixion.
The most religious people in the world killed Jesus!