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In honor of Resurrection Sunday, this article is presented. It was initially written to pass out at theaters to minister to moviegoers coming out of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence.

The PASSION: Who really killed Jesus?

By Rusty Lee Thomas

“Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” (Acts 4:25-28)

Perhaps you are leaving the movie theater somewhat overwhelmed by what you have just witnessed. Perhaps there was nothing in this world that could have prepared your heart and soul for the gut-wrenching movie “THE PASSION” that was directed by Mel Gibson. Perhaps mere words are insufficient to articulate the height and depth of human emotion that has swept through your entire being.

If you are a Christian, perhaps God has plowed your heart and used this film to call you back to your first love and your first works (Revelation 2:4,5). Perhaps your heart broke afresh over the terrible price our precious Savior paid for the redemption of our lost and wayward souls.

If you are an unbeliever and maybe a part of a religious system other than Christianity, perhaps great conviction has come upon your soul for the first time. Perhaps after viewing this film, you are seeing the claims of Christ and the veracity of His word in a more distinct light. After all, the Bible declares that Jesus is the light of the world. In fact, Jesus affirmed this truth in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” It is for you, my non-Christian friend, that this tract has been written.

Much controversy has surrounded this movie since its inception. All kinds of accusations have flown to and fro. Fears of anti-Semitism have arisen and spread like wild fire. Magazines, media, articles, and debates over this film have grown up like weeds and the number one question upon everyone’s lips is “Who Really Killed Christ?”

This is an extremely important question, but unfortunately, our darkened world cannot supply a truthful answer. Human nature being what it is, we cannot but help to politicize the moral, ethical, and spiritual implications raised by this picture. Though we should be grateful that the question has been raised, it is only in the Bible, the Word of God, that one can safely derive authentic answers to life’s perplexing questions.

God’s Role In The Death Of Christ

First things first. We must major on the majors and minor on the minors to arrive at our proposed destination. Our beginning passage in Acts points the finger in the right direction, if we are to understand the nature of who killed Christ. It clearly states that Christ was first and foremost condemned to die the most agonizing death possible on that cruel cross according to what “…thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.” The hand and counsel referenced here is the hand and counsel of Almighty God.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the Bible prophesied of His coming. Holy Writ foretold that God would become a man and the Word of God (Jesus) would become flesh (Isaiah 9:6, 7:14, and John 1:1-14). The Scriptures foretold the brutal manner in which Jesus would die (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53). Keep in mind, crucifixion had not been invented yet as a method of capital punishment, when King David described our Lord’s suffering on a cross in Psalm 22. The prophets also pronounced Jesus’ glorious resurrection, long before His miraculous incarnation (Psalm 16:10, Acts 2). In fact, there are over 300 specific prophecies in the Old Testament that concern the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The New Testament simply records how Jesus Christ fulfilled each and everyone of them.

The truth is, Jesus Christ was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). Before there was a created universe, before our first parents, Adam and Eve, roamed paradise, and before man sinned and committed high treason against God to plunge this earth into death, hell, and the grave, Jesus was already slain in the heart and mind of God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost conspired in eternity past to condemn Jesus to die a bloody, horrifying death in order to redeem lost, fallen, and sinful creatures like you and me.

It is this truth and destiny that burned in the heart of Jesus that amply supplied Him with the courage and humility to honestly proclaim that no one could take His life from Him (John 10:18). Jesus received from God the Father the command to lay down His life and the power to take it up again. Jesus knew He was born to die, to bear witness to the truth, and to unleash God’s salvation upon this poor-fallen world. Jesus’ death on the cross could not be avoided. It was God’s eternal decree and no man, no devil, and no government on earth could prevent this most central, tragic, and historical event from taking place. Jesus settles the raging debate once and for all in Luke 24:25,26, “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?”

Man’s Role In Christ’s Death

Because many have not perceived God’s role in our Lord’s death, some throughout history have looked for human scapegoats to blame. The Jews, traditionally, have fit the bill. Throughout history, either misguided genuine Christians or unconverted pagans masquerading as Christians have hurled the railing accusation of “Christ Killer” against the Jewish people. As a result, the Jews have suffered persecution at the hands of the Church, especially in the Middle Ages. They were terribly treated.

Even the Reformation did not completely end the Jew’s mistreatment. Martin Luther, at first fought for more freedom for the Jewish people under the Reformation, but as they resisted the Gospel of the Kingdom message, he wrote scathing denunciations against them. In fact, some of his writings became familiar to Hitler. It has been said that Martin Luther later recanted. One can only hope that is true. Obviously, the Jews may have some legitimate concerns when it comes to the handling of our Lord’s death in this day.

On a human level, our opening passage of Scripture in the book of Acts implicates several groups that were involved in the murder of Jesus. God’s Word implicates Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel. In one sense, God indited the entire known world at that time for the crucifixion of His Son. No one escaped responsibility. On the other hand, the Jews, the Romans, and the political and religious leaders of the day were mere instruments that were unknowingly carrying out the will of God. The Apostle Paul verifies this truth by stating, “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

Dear friend, the truth is, it was your sin and my sin that is responsible for the spilled blood and broken body of our loving Savior. The artist Rembrandt sought to convey this truth in a painting called “The Raising of the Cross.” He painted it as a self-portrait. It was Rembrandt as the soldier that nailed Christ to the cross and lifted up our Lord’s tortured and mangled body up as payment for the sins of the world.


Who killed Christ? Rembrandt knew and so does Mel Gibson. You did and I did! It was our idolatry, greed, lust, selfishness, lies, perversions, abominations, and immorality that nailed Him to the cross, but it was His love that held Him there. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe and we owed a debt we could not pay. Though Jesus never sinned, He died a criminal’s death. Out of His great love for you and me, He became our substitute for breaking God’s Law. He served our sentence for us by enduring the agonizing torture upon a cruel cross. It’s by His blood shed on that cross that we can be saved, escape the wrath that is to come, and everlasting destruction. It is through Jesus’ broken body that our broken relationship with God can be restored. Please don’t delay. Call upon the name of the Lord, repent of your sins, believe in Jesus, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). Today is the day of salvation!

– til He comes

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by Rusty Lee Thomas (follow up from yesterday’s post)

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Like Minute Men of old, about 80 saints in Waco within a 24 hour notice showed up at the gates of hell. To Planned Parenthood’s shock, there were more of the Church than the ones they bused in or locals who came to support their immoral, tyrannical, death policies.

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They literally hid behind the bus and like spoiled children on a school yard uttered chants. Their mantra, "What do we want?" The response, "Healthcare!" "When do we want it? The selfish response, "NOW!" They, in a state of delusion, actually believe American taxpayers should be forced to pay for their birth control and abortion agenda.

Once you give Satan an inch, he will take a mile. It used to be "pro-choice" and tolerate homosexuality. Today, these abominations demand acceptance, tax payer funding, or else. These people will trample religious freedom and every other American right to shove their aganda down our throats. This is what happens when a government and culture defends the indefensible.

Most of these people when challenged with God’s word, gave this snide remark, "You are still in the Dark Ages." That’s right, the Planned Parenthood "enlightened ones," who advocate child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood and homosexual sodomy, which epitomizes the brutal darkness of paganism in times past accused us of still living in the "Dark Ages." Hows that for "the pot calling the kettle black?"

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The following link records men of God praying and preaching to refute their sad schemes that seeks to expolit the Fluke, Obama, and Limbaugh debacle to gain political and economic points.

Our message was clear, "Your ship is sinking. It is time to abandon ship. All the buses in the world cannot rescue you. You have sowed to the wind and you are reaping the whirlwind. Last year you operated four facilities, today you are down to one. Your days are numbered. It is time to abandon this sinking ship, but as you do, just know there is a life saver available. His name is Jesus. Let go of your perverted blood lust, blood money, and repent. Turn to Jesus and live!"

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Here is an article from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Friday, January 20, 2012. Remember Welsco, the company that was delivering containers of gas to the abortion mill in Little Rock? When they found out that they were doing business with an abortion mill, they asked for their tanks back and made it clear that all business ties with the mill would be severed. When the police came to help the company recover the containers, they were asked to leave the premises. Welsco is now having to sue the abortion mill to get their empty containers back. What a “good neighbor” the abortion industry is.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Gas firm sues abortion clinic to regain tanks

A North Little Rock gas-supply company is suing Arkansas’ only surgical-abortion provider, asking a judge to force Little Rock Family Planning Services Clinic to return gas containers leased from the company.

The lawsuit by Welsco Inc. was filed Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The three-page complaint asks Judge Alice Gray to force the clinic on Office Park Drive to return 13cylinders used for nitrous oxide and medical grade oxygen that Welsco rented to the clinic in December.

The suit says Welsco, represented by Richard Donovan of the Rose Law Firm,’ stopped supplying the gases to the clinic and asked for the containers back, but the clinic refused. No hearings have been scheduled, and clinic officials have not responded to the lawsuit.

According to a Jan. 6 Little Rock police report, officers were called to die clinic by Welsco representative Aaron Campbell when he was re-buffed by clinic workers in his efforts to collect the containers.

Clinic director Lori Williams refused Campell’s offer of a refund and told police she’d purchased the tanks and wasn’t returning them until she could find a new supplier, the report states. Officers found no indication of wrongdoing (The abortion Industry never does wrong, right?).

States of Refuge Arkansas Leader, Pastor Mark Kiser’s Report

Here is a brief video clip of ministering to the security guard at the last remaining abortion mill in Arkansas.

It was a very busy day at Little Rock Family Planning as they killed 25 on that day. Wayne, the security guard, was the first to arrive and he wasn’t overly happy we were already there. As a matter of fact, he told me, “You need to shut up,” and that I had “nothing he needed to hear.” Pray for Wayne, I do believe God is working on him. Later that morning we were joined by Marry Huey and Jody Hagen, both local Christians standing for the pre-born.

The abortionist, Tom Tveden, showed up around 8:30 am just missing hitting me with his car. (I guess he was in a hurry to get to work.) He heard the gospel as he was entering the building. He turned and came out by the side of the building and shouted: “You stand for death….I am standing for life!” Yes…that is the exact words he used. I need someone to explain what he meant. He stands for life?????

At noon we headed to Quitman AR. hometown of Tom Tveden. In December we had done an outreach there to share with the locals the nature of Mr. Tveden business.

As we began to visit with a few of the locals, we could tell the spirit had changed. Many did not want to talk about it at all. They were not rude, just didn’t want talk.


We did go to the police station where we were told by the police that the Tveden’s were very upset about the outreach and wanted charges pressed against us. Police told them that we did nothing illegal and they could not and would not bring charges against us. He, the police officer, also told us that Mrs. Tveden was very close to having assault charges brought against her for pushing and grabbing a postal worker over the flyers being sent to
so many” houses in the Quitman area! All is not well in quite little Quitman, Arkansas.

After that, we headed back to Little Rock for fellowship and rest.

On Sunday morning we attended Redeemer Community Fellowship where Rich and Jody Hagen attend. The lead Pastor there is Bob Lepine of Family Life Today. Rich was allowed to speak for a few minutes on States of Refuge and then we were allowed to pass out States of Refuge brochures to the folks as they left the church. In all we passed out about 120. Mr. Lepine and I had a great conversation and maybe, just maybe, the door will be opened for more work there. Please pray that I would get another opportunity to speak with him!

Sunday afternoon we headed to the March for Life in down town Little Rock. They estimated around 3000 in attendance. We were able to hand out about 900 States of Refuge brochures and 500 typed copies of the States of Refuge Press Release.

This is where I was told by a local Catholic why they were NOT at the clinic Saturday. It was because I was there! Ouch! Little-O-Mark from Springfield, Mo. kept the locals from coming out to defend life? She said they did not like our preaching or signs. I replied without thinking, “neither does Satan.” We finished our conversation by me telling her I would be at their 40 Days for Life kickoff rallyFeb. 19 and that I sure would like to speak! Let’s see where that goes.

As the people were leaving, I had the opportunity to talk with Rose Mimms. Rose is the State Director for Arkansas Right to Life. Man, she is not a big fan of Rusty, Flip, or OSA….and I guess….now me! She did however agree to sit down with me in Feb. and see how we could work together. Maybe come to a compromise. We closed our conversation by me telling her that we can NEVER compromise the gospel and that Jesus was, is and always will be THE STANDARD! (I am not very good at building bridges.)

I want to close this report with telling you about Ken Frymire! This was Ken’s first visit to an abortion clinic! He has been a Christian for years, but never challenged to take his faith “out into the streets.” In the past year, Ken has heard Pastor Mark Holick, Flip Benham and Coach Dave preach. He has heard all of them say we MUST go and stand for the babies. On Sunday evening on our way back to Springfield, Ken said, “I get it now…..I get it! The Church has to show up. If just half of those at the March for Life would come out to the clinic……it would be shut down in just a few days. I can’t wait to tell my wife……..I got to get her down here!” ~Another warrior for the pre-born children!!!!!!!!

We will be doing our “Word in Warfare” in Little Rock, May 4-5-6, 2012. If any of the saints would like to join us please let me know!

Mark Kiser

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