We Were Not The Ones Who Lynched and Murdered Jesus

John 10:17-18 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

Many religious songs have those who sing them confess themselves as having murdered Christ on the cross (not in but outside of the temple). But I question this sentimentality. First, if we all all put Christ on the cross, then Christ’s died is connected in some way to all sinners. Even when it’s implicitly agreed that the intent is not to save all sinners, this “we killed Jesus” idea says that the death is because of all sinners. Instead of a gospel about the salvation of some sinners, the gospel is changed into a law which accuses all sinners.

I Timothy 4:10 “For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”

God (Christ the Redeemer) is the only true Savior in the world. No sinner anywhere can find any other Savior outside of the living God. They have no other Savior but Jesus to turn to. All sinners need this one Savior, but this one Savior only died to save some sinners.

Since there is only one God who is alive, there is only one Savior for humanity to embrace. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Tim 2:5).

Second, nobody but God the Trinity has the ultimate power to put Christ on the cross. If we all are supposed to feel bad about crucifying Christ, then is God also to make an apology? May it never be! Acts 2:23-24, “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.”

“lawless men” lynched Jesus using Roman power and law to do it. Even though God predestined it, that does not eliminate the accountability of the “lawless” sinners who did it. But it does not mean that all sinners killed Christ. But also, God gave Christ up to die for the sins of the elect alone. God and not man determined for whom Christ would die.

Christ purposed that He would die. The Trinity purposed that Christ would die. God is Christ. Christ is God. This does not eliminate the accountability of “the lawless men”, even if they were soldiers, or the “you” Peter is addressing in Acts 2.

Specific humans 2000 years ago purposed that Christ would die. This means that not all humans purposed that Christ would die. His mother Mary, for example, did not kill or intend to kill Christ.

We did not ourselves put Christ on the cross. We also are not the imputers. We do not get to decide when and if we put our sins on Christ. We do not get the opportunity to contribute our sins so that then Christ contributes His righteousness. Neither election nor non-election is conditioned on our sins.

Although believers are commanded to count what God has already counted, we can never be the original counters.

The cross is not what condemns. Good news for the elect, the gospel is not what condemns the non-elect. Rejecting the cross is not what condemns the non-elect, because we are all already condemned in Adam.

The false gospel which says that Jesus Christ died for every sinner is not gospel. The false gospel turns a supposedly universal death into guilt for those who don’t meet the conditions which supposedly make that death effective.

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