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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Roman Accusation Against Jesus

Bible Questions Answered:
“What crime did the Romans say that Jesus did?..”
Wendy/ Petrozavodsk, Russia (Republic of Karelia)

Bible Answer:
Bible Texts:

The Romans, reserved crucifixion for its worst criminals, as an act of warning all others not to follow the deeds of the crucified.

Both the name of the individual and his criminal deeds were written and posted upon the cross of the accused.

In our Lord's case, His name and criminal act were posted.

Matthew 27:37 KJV
And set up over His head His accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

Mark 15:26 KJV
And the superscription of His accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews.

Luke 23:38 KJV
And a superscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is
The King Of The Jews.

John 19:19 KJV
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth
The King Of The Jews.

The King Of The Jews, had Jesus ever claimed this title? Yes.

Matthew 27:11 NKJV
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You The King Of The Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”

But Jesus told Pilot...

John 18:33-38 NKJV
33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You
The King Of The Jews?”
34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a King then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am
a King. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to The Truth. Everyone who is of The Truth hears My voice.”
38 Pilate said to Him, “What is Truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.

John 6:15 NKJV (Jesus, refused offers to make Him a Jewish King.)
Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

In Roman times, for a man to claim to be a king, meant that he was willing to usurp the very throne of Roman Emperor (Caesar) Tiberius Claudius Nero. Would that be a crime? Yes, a crime worthy of death!

And the Jews, gladly stated …
Luke 23:1,2 NKJV
1 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

Saying that Jesus refused the paying of taxes, which of course was a lie...

Matthew 17:25-27 NKJV
"...And when He had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?”
26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.
27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

Matthew 22:15-22 NKJV
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.
16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are True, and teach The Way of God in Truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.
17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?
19 Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.

Jesus Christ, God's Eternal Son:

I Timothy 6:11-15 NKJV
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives Life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is The Blessed And Only Potentate, The King Of kings And Lord Of lords,
16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

Revelation 1:5 KJV
And from Jesus Christ, The Faithful Witness, The Firstborn From The Dead, and The Ruler Over The kings of The Earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Revelation 17:14 NKJV
These will make war with The Lamb, and The Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord Of lords and King Of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called
Faithful And True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word Of God.
14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

This sinless Son Of God, came to earth to take our judgment, so that we could receive His pardon.

II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I Peter 2:21,22 NKJV
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

Do you know The Lord Jesus, is He your Savior?

Luke 19:10 NKJV
For The Son Of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

John 3:17 NKJV
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Acts 5:31 NKJV
Him God has exalted to His Right Hand to be Prince And Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is The Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

I Timothy 1:15 NKJV
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..."

Hebrews 7:25 NKJV
"... He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.