[A lesson presented over Radio Station WRKY on August 21, 2005 by Ron Hutchison]

Thank you and good morning. I'm Ron Hutchison, and I'd like to thank you for listening to the Seeking The Lost Radio program today.  It's a great pleasure for me to be with you this morning, and to have this great privilege of studying the Bible with you. I realize that I do not have the ability to proclaim the gospel of Christ with all the power of love and force with which it deserves to be proclaimed. But I will promise you one thing, and that is, that I will do the very best that I know how.

[Some introductory remarks are omitted here]

Today I have entitled my lesson, "The Sins that Crucified Jesus."  I don't believe there has ever been a crime committed on this earth that was equal to the crime committed when Jesus Christ was delivered to be crucified.  And yet, the sins that caused Jesus to be crucified are sins that we very often condemn and then turn right around and condone.  Many of the sins that crucified Jesus are sins that are even found among members of the church.

The first sin that crucified Jesus was the sin of hatred.  Jesus said as recorded in John 7:7,  "The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil."  The world hated Jesus because He condemned the evil works of the world. The world of course refers to people.  The physical earth could not hate, but the people who inhabit the earth can.  Jesus said in John 15:20 through 25, "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause."  Jesus makes clear in this passage that when you hate Him you hate the Father.  Those who delivered Jesus to Pilate to be crucified thought they loved the Father.  They thought they were doing what God would want them to.  But they were wrong.  They hated Jesus and that meant that they hated the Father.  They had no excuse for their sin.  And we have no excuse for our sin either.  Today, we either love Jesus or we hate Him.  There is no middle ground.  Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."  There is no way that we can be on both sides.  We either love Jesus or we hate Him.  But Jesus Himself told us what it means when we love Him.  He said, as recorded in John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."  I like the American Standard Version translation of this verse. It says, "If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments."  What does it mean to love Jesus?  It means you will keep His commandments.  We can claim that we love Jesus all we want.  We can stand up on top of the housetops and shout it to the world.  But if we are not keeping His commandments it proves that we do not love Him."  And if we do not love Him, we do not love the Father.   Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."  If we love God we will do His will.  It is not enough just to call on Him as Lord.  We must do His will.  We must keep His commandments.  We all need to ask ourselves, "do I really love Jesus?  Do I really try to keep His commandments?  Do I really love the Father?  Do I really try to do His will?"

The people back then crucified Jesus because they hated Him.  But they hated Him because He told them the truth.  Isn't this what Jesus said in John 7:7?   "The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil."   Jesus was hated because He condemned the traditions of men.  He said in Matthew 15:9, "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."  Friends, anytime we teach or practice something that is not in the Bible, we are teaching and practicing the commandments of men.  Anytime we accept what a creed book says over what the Bible says, we are teaching the commandments of men.  Anytime we accept tradition over what the Bible teaches, we are teaching the commandments of men.  Our worship which we offer to God is vain, empty and useless.  It accomplishes nothing no matter how sincere we may be in offering that worship.  No matter how much we want to please God our worship is vain if we are teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  Jesus was hated because He condemned the people of His day for teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  Too many people today are in the same situation and have the same attitude when their favorite doctrines are condemned because they have no authority for them in the Bible.  And every time we today teach and practice something that is not taught in the Bible, we are just as guilty of hating Jesus as those people were in His day.  Just as guilty because we are doing the same thing, and we are not willing to give up that doctrine and practice that is not authorized by God's word.

Another sin, that hatred grew out of, that crucified Jesus was the sin of envy.  In Matthew 27:15 through 18 the Bible says,  "Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him."  The Bible says that the people wanted Pilate to release Barabbas.  The envy they had in their hearts toward Jesus is what caused them to hate Him so much that they would shout, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" when Pilate asked what should be done with Jesus.  When we reject the word of Jesus. When we accept the doctrines and commandments of men over what His word teaches. When we chose to follow another path other than the way He directs, then we are just as guilty of crucifying Jesus as those people who delivered Him over to be crucified back then. 

But there was another sin that crucified Jesus, it was the sin of ignorance.  In Acts 3, we have the record of the lame man being healed by Peter and John.  When Peter saw the reaction of the people to this miracle, it gave him the opportunity to preach the gospel to them.  And he didn't pull any punches.  He told them exactly how it was.  "And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers."  The problem with their ignorance was that they didn't have to be ignorant.  They really had no excuse for their ignorance.  They knew the Scriptures. They had read about the promised Messiah all of their lives.  They had the prophets of the Old Testament.  They had John the Baptist who had come before testifying that Jesus was the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. They had witnessed the works of Jesus. They had heard His teaching.  They could have known that He is the Son of God, but they did not.  They did not know that they were crucifying the Son of God.  There was really no excuse for their ignorance.

And we really have no excuse for ignorance today. Especially in this country.  There are Bible's everywhere today, except maybe in our public school system.  There is no excuse for being ignorant of God's word today.  There is no excuse for being ignorant of who Jesus is.  Ignorance of God's word is what is responsible for all the division in the religious world today.  It is what is responsible for  people following the commandments of men.  If everyone who desires to follow Jesus would just read their Bible's every day and accept what is therein, there would be no religious division.  There would be no denominationalism.  There would be no fighting and fussing among those who claim allegiance to Jesus. 

But ignorance is no excuse. It did not excuse what those people did who delivered Jesus up to be crucified, and it does not excuse us today.  In fact, Paul said as recorded in Acts 17:30-31, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."  Paul makes clear that there was a time when God "winked at" or overlooked ignorance.  But that time has passed. Now, He commands all men every where to repent.  If we are going to repent, we must have knowledge of God's will.  God is not going to overlook our ignorance. 

In Romans 10:1 Paul wrote, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."  There was a time when Israel had great zeal for God.  But it was not zeal that was based on knowledge.  This is not unlike many religious people today.  They have great zeal. They believe with all their hearts that they love God.  They will do everything they can to further their beliefs.  But they are ignorant of God's righteousness.  They are ignorant of God's word.  Their zeal is not based upon knowledge but ignorance.   We need zeal today, but that zeal must be connected with a knowledge of the word of God.  We need people who will not just study what some people have written  about the Bible, but who will study the Bible itself and for themselves.  Too many people depend on their preachers to tell them what the word of God says.  Too many people will not study the Bible for themselves.  Brother Gus Nichols used to say, "some preachers will hardly let the Lord get a word in edgewise."  And I believe that is true in some cases.  Too many preachers want to tell stories, they want to entertain, they want to be comedians, they want to teach anything and everything but the Bible.  As a result, the people who listen to them remain ignorant of God's word. 

People are ignorant of God's word today. And the sad fact is that it is willful ignorance.  It's like the people the Apostle Peter talked about in 2 Peter 3:16 where he was talking about the writings of Paul and he said that in some of Paul's writings there were "some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."  That word "wrest" means they will twist it out of it's natural position and try to make it mean something that God never intended for it to mean. They mishandle the word of God.  The people who did this were unlearned.  They were ignorant of  God's word. We must study the Bible for ourselves.  We must learn what God is saying to us in His word so that we won't be ignorant. 

God wants us to know the truth, and we need to study the Bible for ourselves in order to learn the truth and to know it.  Jesus said in John 6:44 and 45, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."  We cannot come to the Father unless we have heard and have learned of Him.  We do that by studying the Bible. 

In Hebrews 8, beginning with verse 6, the Bible says, "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."  God wants us to know Him, and there is not a person on earth today who can become a child of God without first being taught of God.  In the context of this verse, the Hebrew writer is speaking of the New Covenant that God would make with His people.  When the writer says "And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest," he was showing the contrast between the Old Covenant and the New.  Under the Old Covenant one entered into that covenant by physical birth.  Thus, everyone who entered into that Covenant had to be taught from the time they were children.  But no one can enter into the New Covenant until he has been taught first.  Thus, when one enters into the New Covenant with Jesus Christ he has already been taught. He already has knowledge of the Lord.  That's why everyone under the New Covenant don't have to teach his neighbor and brother. They will already know the Lord before they enter into the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.  People must study the Bible so that they can come to know the Lord. 

Ignorance of God's word will destroy us.  This was true of the children of Israel.  In Hosea 4:6 God said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."  Why were God's people being destroyed?  Because they lacked knowledge of God's word.  If we don't have a knowledge of God's word today, we will be destroyed. 

Back during the days of Jesus people were prejudice and their hearts were hardened.  In Matthew 13:15 Jesus said, "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."  Do you see the danger of prejudice and ignorance? Do you see the blessing of knowledge?  The danger is non-conversion and no forgiveness. The blessing is conversion and healing. 

When Jesus was tried, His trials were nothing more than mockery.  In Acts 8:33 when Philip was preaching Jesus to the Eunuch from Isaiah 53, among the verses he was reading was this:  " In his humiliation his judgment was taken away:"  Jesus' judgment was taken away.  If He had been given judgment, He would have been released.  But the people were ignorant of the truth when they could have known the truth, and people today can know the truth.  In Acts 17:11 and 12 the Bible says,  "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed;"  What caused the Bareans to believe? They searched the Scriptures to see whether the Apostles were teaching them what the Scriptures taught.  There is a great lesson in this for us today.  We respect preachers.  We respect those who teach Bible classes.  But we must also make sure that they are teaching what the Bible teaches.  Thus, we must search the Scriptures daily to see if what we are being taught by our preachers and Bible class teachers is the truth.  They may be mistaken.  Good people can be mistaken. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time.  Thus, we need to study the Bible for ourselves to see if what we are being taught is true. 

Another sin that crucified Jesus was the sin of unbelief.  After Jesus had been crucified and had risen from the dead, He met two men who were on their way to the village of  Emmaus, and they were talking about all the things that had taken place surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus.  They did not recognize who Jesus was.  Their conversation when like this: "And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."  Notice that Jesus accused them of being slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.  One of the great problems in the world today is the problem of unbelief.  There are people who have heard and know the truth, but they just don't believe it.  Someone recently asked me why I thought that people rejected baptism as being necessary to salvation when Jesus clearly said in Mark 16:16,   "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."?  And the only answer to that is that they don't believe Mark 16:16 and all the other passages that teach the necessity of baptism.  It's not because they don't know what Mark 16:16 says. They have Bible's and they can read it just like all of us can.  But it's because they don't believe it.  If they believed it, they wouldn't reject what Jesus says.  In every place the Bible speaks of baptism and salvation, salvation always follows baptism without a single exception.  Believe what the Bible says, and then you will not be trying to get around what Jesus has commanded you to do.

In John 8:24 Jesus said,  "except ye believe that I am He, ye shall die in your sins."   You have to have faith in Christ.  If you have faith in Christ you will believe what He has said.  In Revelation 21:8 the Bible says,   " But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."  Now we all know how terrible the sins of murder and fornication are.  But right along with them is listed the sin of unbelief.   Unbelief is a sin that will condemn us to that lake that burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death.

How many of us truly believe the Bible and take it for what it says?  Do we believe Mark 16:16?  Do we believe Acts 2:38?  Do we believe Romans 10:17? Do we believe Luke 13:3?  Do we believe Matthew 10:32 and 33?  Do we believe Romans 10:9 and 10?  Do we believe 1 Peter 3:21?  Taken together, all of these passages stress the necessity of  hearing the word of God, believing that Jesus is the Son of God, repenting of our sins, confessing Christ as Lord and being baptized to be saved.  Yet, how many people reject these plain passages of Scripture because of some theory they hold (some doctrine of man) that contradicts these plain passages?  We need to believe what the Bible teaches and reject every doctrine that contradicts it. 

Another sin that crucified Jesus is the love of money.   In the 26th chapter of the book of Matthew the Bible says that Judas went to the chief priests and said,  "What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?"  They gave him 30 pieces of silver which was the price of a slave.  The sin here was the love of money.  In John 12:3-6 the Bible says, "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein."  Judas was not concerned for the poor. He was a thief. When the King James says that he "bare what was put therein," it's not just saying that he carried it.  It's saying that he was stealing from it.  Judas' love for money is what caused him to betray Jesus.  And the love of money often causes great trouble for us today.   Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6, beginning with verse 7: "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (NKJV).  Now I have quoted from the New King James version because I think it makes it a little plainer.  If I understand this passage it is simply saying that the love of money can make people do wrong.  Some people will commit any sin if they can gain money from it.  There are those who will live immoral lives for money; there are those who will sell illegal drugs for money; there are those who will murder others for money; there are those who will teach false doctrine for money; there are those who will overlook sin for money; there are those who will teach truth but not the whole truth for money; there are those who will do anything for money.

There are preachers today who teach the truth, but they will not teach the whole truth because they don't want to loose their financial support.  There are preachers today who will lie about the conversions they are making, who will be dishonest with their brethren who are supporting them because they don't want to loose their financial support.  There are Christians who will cheat in business deals; who will not stand for what is right; who will vote for candidates who are for things that Christians ought to be against, and they will do it for money.  People who are in business or people who are in politics will sometimes compromise the truth for money.  The love of money truly is a root of all kinds of evil, and some have truly strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

Another sin that crucified Jesus was the sin of ingratitude.  Jesus was the world's friend. He went about doing good.  He healed the sick; He raised the dead; He caused the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk and the mute to speak, and He cleansed the leper. He performed many, many miracles, and in spite of all the good He had done they crucified Him.  It reminds me of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed on one occasion.  The Bible says of them in Luke 17:13-19, "And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole."  There were nine of these lepers who did not take the time to thank Jesus for what He had done.  That is the way it is with people today.  They do not have time to thank the Lord; they do not have time to worship; they do not have time to do good.  This is the sin of ingratitude and this is one of the sins that crucified our Lord.

We need to think about all that Jesus has done for us.  We could be guilty, and we sometimes are guilty, of many of these sins that crucified Jesus.  How can you continue to reject the One who has done so much for you?  How can you continue to reject the One who died that you might live?  How can you continue to reject His plan of salvation? 

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Thanks for listening to the program today.  Until next time it is our prayer that God will bless you as you seek to learn and do His will.

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