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May 22, 2021

Jesus Was Crucified by All Mankind

Acts 2:22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus the Nazarene... (23) This man, delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you, through the hand of lawless men, nailed to a cross and killed; Luke 24:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death and crucified Him.

Acts 2:23 says that through the hand of lawless men the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross and killed. These lawless men included Judas Iscariot, chief priests, officers of the temple, elders, the high priest and the Jewish Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod, and the Roman soldiers -mainly the Jewish religionists with their deputies and the Gentile politicians with their subordinates. This indicates that Jesus was killed by all mankind. Acts 2:23 says that the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross. The Jewish death penalty was by stoning. Crucifixion was a heathen practice, adopted by the Romans for the execution of slaves and heinous criminals only. The crucifixion of the Lord Jesus was not only a fulfillment of the Old Testament (Deut. 21:23), but also of the Lord's own word concerning the mode of His death (John 12:32), which could not have been fulfilled by stoning. It was of God's sovereignty that not long before the Lord Jesus was put to death the Roman Empire made the law that criminals sentenced to death were to be crucified. It was by this kind of death that the Lord was executed.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, p. 77. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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