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The first witness to step forward and testify that Jesus, his King, was murdered was Stephen of the seven. “And now you have betrayed and murdered Him—you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.” As soon as Stephen said this… the high priest and all gathered were furious and gnashed their teeth at him and when he told them what he was seeing at that very moment, saying, “Look, I see Heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God,” the people dragged him out and stoned him. Now read this prayer of Stephen: While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” and he fell asleep as he also forgave them.

They tried to kill the first witness of the murder of Jesus… the first disciple who stood up and used the word ‘murdered’ in the New International Version.

Peter and John, even Paul, only ever used the words ‘killed’, ‘slain’ and ‘crucified’ to describe the manner of Jesus’ death. The word ‘murder’ was not used by any of the eleven or James the Younger or even Paul to describe the manner that Satan, the Jews and the Romans colluded to bring about the death of Jesus in the NIV. It may have been the will of God for Jesus to be killed, to be crucified and to be slain… for indeed John saw and wrote for us that Jesus is the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. However, now understand this… just because it is the will of God to kill, to slay and to have Jesus crucified for the atonement of sins as the Sin Offering… God’s Lamb, God’s Sin Offering… does not, and I repeat, does not give anyone the right to murder Him.

Just because a sacrificial lamb will be butchered and burned on the altar does not give anyone the right to kill that lamb and have a barbeque with it. Another example to help you understand… just because a person intends to throw out a TV does not give the right for anyone to take that TV until it has been thrown out.

Satan, the Jews and the Romans could have helped God to have Jesus crucified, killed and slain… and as such, they could argue that they were merely acting out or carrying out God’s wrath as Nebuchadnezzar cast the lot to see whether they should attack Jerusalem or Egypt. God said to Ezekiel, “He will cast lots with arrows, he will consult his idols, he will examine the liver. Into his right hand will come the lot for Jerusalem…” which is why Nebuchadnezzar, commander of the imperial guard, said to Jeremiah, “The Lord your God decreed this disaster for this place.” For no one could have entered Jerusalem unless God permitted, and no one could have killed, crucified and slain Jesus unless God permitted it. So then why did Stephen say, “…you have betrayed and murdered Him…”? The reason Stephen could say this was because at the trial of Jesus, they were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put Him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward when they did not have to.

There was no need for them to lie about Jesus at all, for Jesus Himself had given them the very means by which they could have Him cut off from the people as it were, that is, to be killed, slain, even hung on a tree for an offence that according to the law dictated He be cut off… even killed. For it is written in the Law: “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off,” which when interpreted to the utmost prejudice means death.

All they had to do was to question the disciples who left Jesus in John 6.66 about why they left Him and confirm that Jesus taught His disciples to eat His flesh and drink His blood… and they had Judas who was at the supper where Jesus gave them the bread and the cup, saying it was His flesh and His blood, and told them to drink and eat of it. You see, in telling His disciples to eat His flesh and drink His blood through the bread and wine, Jesus was in fact getting them ‘cut off’ and therefore one could argue that Jesus was getting them all killed whilst He, not eating flesh and blood, would remain untouched.

In fact, the testimony of Judas and any former disciple would have permitted the high priest and his accomplices with the legitimate… yes, legitimate evidence for ordering the execution of Jesus the Murderer whose teachings caused His disciples to be ‘cut off’, even killed. If they had conducted the trial using real and not concocted evidence, then they would not have been guilty of murder. Indeed, they would have to be rewarded and that by God Himself for upholding the law. Even Pilate and Rome, which he represented in their crucifixion of Jesus at the request of the high priest and the Jewish people, would have been likewise rewarded because they assisted in the upholding of the law. Jesus would still have been killed, slain and crucified, but neither the Jews nor Rome could then be found to be accomplices of His murder.

Murder not because Jesus’ death was not preplanned and ordained by God. No. Murder not because Jesus did not teach and do things that deserved death under the Law. No. Murder because they, the prosecutors and their accomplices, sought to lie about the offences of Jesus to bring about the required verdict. In their lying they became the sons of Satan, the father of all lies… and in being his sons, they also become murderers… for as Jesus had warned them that they belong to the devil, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.”

Pilate could have spared Rome and hence the Gentiles from being accomplices in the murder if he authorised the high priest to use the temple guards to crucify Jesus as they saw fit… but unfortunately, it was the Roman soldiers who flogged Jesus, it was the Roman soldiers who nailed Him to that cross, it was the Roman soldiers who cast the lot for His underclothing, and it was a Roman soldier who ran a spear through Jesus’ side.

As such, the preordained will and plan of God does not absolve Satan and his kingdom, Israel and its kingdom, and Rome and its kingdoms from the guilt of murder. The preordained will of God does not absolve anyone from the murder of Jesus, for we all belong to the same family… the sons of man, Adam. Hence all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God… whose plan was to have His Son slain, killed and crucified for breaking the law in a manner that was worse than a man who ate flesh and drank blood. It is worse because He taught and gave to His disciples His flesh to eat and His blood to drink to get them cut off according to the law. As it were, it was not Jesus who broke the law, but rather, He caused the twelve to break the law.

The glory of God was that God Himself would break His own law and suffer for that breakage, thus annulling the power of the law once and for all for all who were under His laws… from Adam till now. God alone would have declared Himself guilty and guilty… and if the Holy Spirit was to raise Jesus up from the dead, then it would be as if God forgave God and all who had faith in Jesus’ resurrection would likewise be forgiven as if they had never sinned under the law.

That is the good news, even for the murderers of Jesus. Jesus did get raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit on the third day, exactly as it is written and declared by God. As such, God declared all who should die from breaking His law would be given a new life, a second chance to live again… so that all who put their faith in Jesus would likewise get that second chance… the new life through which that which was lost by Adam would now be restored, no, resurrected, because Jesus can never be killed, slain or crucified again.

Even for the murderers of Jesus… the resurrection of Jesus is good news… for if the victim does not stay dead, there is no murder! There may be other charges… but there is no charge of murder! They can be charged for lying, for cruelty, but not for murder. At least then they are not sons of the devil who is both a murderer and a liar, but are mere men, for as Paul wrote: Let God be true, and every man a liar.

So then anyone who believes in the resurrection of Jesus and rejoices that Jesus has been raised from the dead on the third day can have his guilt in the murder of Jesus absolved… and indeed, because the plan of God was that Jesus would become sin and be slain, crucified, but be raised by the Holy Spirit, in spite of the truth that Jesus at the directive of the Father gave His flesh and His blood to men to eat and to drink in the form of the bread and the wine. And because of the raising of Jesus, the power of the law was broken… for God Himself had broken it so that all who place their faith in Jesus’ resurrection would likewise be free from the power of the law that defines sin. As such, then sin would have to have a new set of laws to redefine itself for those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus… for those who hold to the witness and testimony of the disciples, especially of Mary Magdalene’s that the Lord is risen and that she has seen Him… no, not only seen Him, but had held Him and spoken to Him.

Since it is the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus by His power, then the new law of God that defines what sin is… for those who believe in Jesus’ resurrection… is this: “…the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. …anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven…” Why? Because it was the Holy Spirit’s act of raising Jesus that allowed all who believe in Jesus to be likewise set free from the power of the law so that sin as defined by the law no longer existed for them. As such, for anyone who believes and, worse still, knows that Jesus has been raised and is alive, yet would speak against the Holy Spirit, then that is ingratitude worthy of blasphemy. Since it is the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, thus freeing Him from the punishment dictated by the law, then it is the Holy Spirit who has broken the power of the law for all who should be punished by the letter of the law as dictated by God. As such, it is the Holy Spirit who is now the One whose law defines what sin is, and the blasphemy of Him is unforgivable.

Now this only applies for those who have believed in Jesus’ testimony and are beneficiaries of the work of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All who refuse to believe in Jesus are still under the law and will be judged according to the law, for their refusal to believe in the finished work of Jesus means that they refuse to believe that God has broken the power of the law Himself. Those who refuse to believe in Jesus’ raising from the dead are also guilty of complicity in perpetuating His murder by their faith… and by that same confession of faith, the punishment for murder is theirs.

Now this brings us to the place of ultimate grace and ultimate punishment. The ultimate grace of God is available for those who then by their will, not God’s will… no, by their will, choose and wish to remain alive so that they may complete the testifying of all that is necessary to prove that Jesus was not only murdered, but that He is alive, by seeking to fulfill all Scriptures so that Jesus can return to be seen by everyone on this world. That ultimate grace is available because in choosing to stay alive to finish the work that permits Jesus to return, then you have chosen to prove God true and righteous in all His words and works, and above all else, chosen to prove that the Holy Spirit is indeed not only the Spirit of Holiness, but righteous in what He did in raising Jesus from the dead, though contrary to God’s own law!

So then, be no longer surprised that there is a group known as the Lord’s elect, the Holy Spirit’s elect, whose mindset is different from even their fellow disciples, like Paul’s was different from Peter’s and the rest. A group who do not think of faith in Christ as a ticket to Heaven when this life is over… but who see that faith in Christ is the ultimate work of the Holy Spirit who raised Him who is Sin to life and declaring this same Jesus to be the Son of God with His power. Anyone whose mind and heart are set on seeing Jesus proved once and for all to be the Son of God who He is… One who obeyed everything His Father commanded Him… is then of the same mindset and heartset as the Holy Spirit… especially if he has the capability (desire) of not only going the extra mile, but having gone the extra mile as commanded, he is prepared to go one more mile… yes, not just the first mile, nor the extra mile, but one more after the extra. Not only to believe in Jesus and be saved, not only to be His disciple, or even to be a son like Him… but to be one whose faith and works usher in His return so that everything… everything Jesus ever said is fulfilled.

To want to see Jesus come back to the Earth in the flesh to reign is to vindicate the Holy Spirit’s faith in raising Him from the dead. Grace without limit is available to such as these… for in wanting Jesus to return to live and to reign, you have forever agreed with the Holy Spirit and you can never be guilty of the unforgivable sin. But to want to have Jesus return so that you can kill Him again, that desire and plea will earn you the eternal condemnation reserved for Satan, the false prophet and the beast, especially the false prophet. However, I am confident in the Lord that not one of the elect will fall into such depravity.

So then, the King is dead, long live the King. Even as the King lives, we still have to bring His murderers to justice so that they may receive His mercy if they repent and believe, or His judgment if they refuse to believe. So then it is true as Jesus said, “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

So what say you then, does He live or not?

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