Is Matthew 27:25 a Jewish admission of deicide? Rightly understood, it is absolutely not a curse. God has not bound Himself to chastise Jewry as a whole.
To some, Barabbas is nothing more than an interesting detail in Christ's trial. However, his presence during that event contains significant implications for us.
For centuries across Europe, Catholicism taught that the Jews were guilty of deicide—the murder of Jesus. False teaching like this leads to horrible results.
Jesus Christ remained totally in control of the events of His trial, including His own prediction that He would be crucified under Roman law.
The necessity for Christ's death stems from God's holiness and absolute intolerance of sin and His obligation to judge righteously.
John Ritenbaugh highlights how the witness of the apostles, particularly miraculous healings performed in the name of Jesus Christ, brought them into conflict with the established Jewish leaders, the entrenched Sadducees and the Sanhedrin. Peter used the startling impact of these healings to draw attention to the fulfilled …
Peter, using the details of fulfilled prophecy, establishes the Messiahship of Jesus Christ and convicts the crowd of their culpability in His death.
Jesus Christ did not preach collective salvation and did not remove the responsibility from any of us for overcoming or qualifying for His kingdom.