I started to write at friendster’s blog 2 years ago. I transferred to wordpress blog on August 2008 because my former gym colleague told me that my writings based from the scriptures and not on my words. I removed him at friendster’s network list because he committed blasphemy against God. Committing blasphemy is a grave, unforgiven, and eternally condemned according to our Lord Jesus. It was written according to Mark 3:29 in King James Version: “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”
Today, I’m discussing with you dear bloggers and readers the groups involved the killings of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. Now let me begin the Gospel of John 3:19-20 in New International Version:
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”
In Greek word “phōs (foce)” means to shine or make manifest, especially by rays. Those people in Jesus’ time really loved darkness and hated light because their works were evil. So our Lord Jesus Christ was put to death due to exposing the truth against his enemies of faith. Therefore, Christ is the light of the world and testified according to John 8:12:
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Meanwhile, the Jews became Christ’s enemy and repented their sins. It was testified according to Acts 2:36-38 in King James Version:
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
The Apostle Peter talked to the Jews who were favored to crucify and kill Jesus. Later, they were repented, baptized, and joined with the company of the apostles. Likewise, St. Paul, who became Saul, became an enemy of Christ, too, when he was a pharisee. He favored to persecute Christians by killing and putting in prison. He said in Acts 22:4:
“And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.”
After persecuting Christians, Paul was repented, converted, baptized, and become the Apostle of the Gentiles.
Another group that those Jews who did not believe in Christ but they unmercifully put him to death. The Lord said in his parable according to Matthew 21:33-39:
“Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.”
Those servants were representing by the prophets of God. The husbandmen represent the Jews who rejected the prophets including Christ. The Lord sent His Son to the vineyard but they killed him because of their strong opposition against him.
Final group, it was narrated by St. Matthew:
(Matthew 2:1-13, NIV) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.‘ ” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
Herod pretended to visit and pay homage but his intention was to kill the child Jesus. The king was furious and ordered him to kill all the boys in Bethlehem from 2 years old and below. The reason of Herod’s intention to kill Jesus because of envy and greed in power. Likewise, that the Jews also greedy because they retained in power.
You know, dear brothers and sisters, God loves you so much because he gave his Son to redeem us from our sins. It is written in II Corinthians 5:21 in New International Version:
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
And in John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God bless you all!