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Who killed Jesus, the Romans or the Jews?
by Fred Pruitt

There was very little on TV tonight but I came across a show about the making of "The Gospel of John: the Movie," which came out in theaters in the fall. I haven't seen it but I know others who have and who think it is wonderful.

There was a lot of interesting discussion about this and that, and there were "experts" on the show and they would always show their university degrees below their names. Some of them had so many degrees they stretched entirely across the TV screen. There were lots of degrees I didn't even recognize.

And of course the guys with all the degrees under their names were debating that age-old question, "Who killed Jesus, the Romans or the Jews?," and that's a pretty boring debate for me. Suddenly, however, like a shot from a cannon, a fellow whose degrees only went halfway across the TV screen, said, "Jesus died because it was God's will. The Gospel of John in the first chapter says, 'Behold the Lamb of God, who takes aways the sins of the world. It was God's will that Jesus would die for the sins of the world." Man, I went crazy shoutin' hallelujah! YAHOO!!!

THE TRUTH!!!! The Father KILLED HIS SON, even as He commanded Abraham to do, in order that by the Son's death and resurrection, the enmity of the ages would be destroyed, and the Sons of God would be manifest.

And I can't imagine that the eternal death and resurrection of the Cross made manifest in Jesus could be any "easier" in God because He is God. It would be infinitely harder, infinitely more suffering, infinitely more despair, when God separated from God, and even the Father must experience the uncertainty of the outcome with infinitely greater sense than we do, because death is really death, not pretend, and there is no return from death, except by miracle and by a power beyond the one who has expired, which is to me the deepest mystery in the Godhead.

That's why "predestination" is a paradox, because even though the Father knows the end from the beginning, and everything has already been written, still creation flows out new every day, and every day there is uncertainty and the necessity of faith, as freedom unfolds daily into infinite variety out of infinite possiblity. To me this uncertainty and necessity of faith finds its alpha and omega in the Living God, who lives in His creatures and is not separate from anything anywhere and experiences and knows all there is. (That takes in a lot.) We are living the life that God has created and in which He also lives and experiences our lives which are also His.

We are not separate from Him. We, by the death and resurrection of Jesus, are One with the Father. One God, one Father, who is above all, through all, and in you all.

That's all.