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Jew and Gentiles, we killed Christ

Rev. Enoch Thompson | July 3, 2023 | Matthew 20:17-19


"¹⁸We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death ¹⁹and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!" Matthew 20:18-19 (NIV)


The prediction of the soon-to-be accomplished betrayal, condemnation, humiliation, and murder of the sinless Son of God has often been attributed to the Jews, as Christ-killers. In the prediction of His passion, the Lord identified His killers as not only the Jews but the Gentiles as well. If the involvement of the Gentile Roman rulers was not enough in establishing Gentile involvement, the fact remains that it is the sin of all humanity that was paid for by the injustice that was to be done to the sinless Son of God. It had to take the joint effort of Jews (those covenanted in Abraham as God’s people), and the Gentiles (those not in covenant, and were considered outcasts of the privileges of God’s Kingdom).

No human is without excuse, we killed the Lord of glory, whose death would give us life, though we knew it not. This is the reason to love the cross of Calvary and to adore the one who died on it. His death at our hands has brought us abundant life. Oh, the unsearchable wisdom of God, the treachery of the human heart, the complicity of Jew and Gentile.


Have we arrived at our guilt in the death of the Son of God? Have we repented of sin and turned from it, so we will not crucify Him afresh in our generation? Determine to admit our part in His death and invite all others to the life we all have access to in His death.


Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for my part in the scheme that took you to the cross, my part in the nails, the crown of thorns and a spear in your side. Thank you that you loved me enough to take the pain from me, and for me. Please help me to love you so much more, and to bring others to your saving grace. For your dear Name’s sake, Amen.



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