John 19:9-22(note that in John 19 it specifically states the chief priests)
A lot of people hate the Jews because they crucified Jesus. The thing is that it was prophesied that Jesus would come and be rejected by his own people, also if they hadn’t then the world wouldn’t be Redeemed.
What most people forget is that the Jewish High Priest had to be the one to offer Jesus as a sacrifice unto God. In The Old Testament there was the Levitical Priesthood. The High Priest was the one who would go into the temple and present the sacrifice to God, if the priest was not in right standing with God then he would die. Many people say that Pilate was the one who crucified Jesus but Pilate wanted no part in it and the only reason he was involved was because of the laws of the land. Pilate found nothing wrong with Jesus and tried to give an easy way out but when given the Jews and The High Priest the choice they shouted crucify Him. So Pilate did not offer Jesus up but the High Priest.
If Pilate had offered Jesus He wouldn’t have been considered a good sacrifice unto God. Jesus fulfilled the Law, everything He did up until the cross and even after was to fulfill it making Him the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. So why would Jesus follow everything up to that point and then break what God was doing then? The point I’m trying to make is don’t hate the Jews because if they hadn’t done what they did none of us would be saved right now.
Jesus came first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles but God’s chosen people are the Jews. They fulfilled His prophesies and they trusted and believed Him from the beginning. God is going to continue to bless them and we need to as Christians continue to pray for them, pray for Israel. Jesus is alive and He loves the Jews just as much as He always did.
“John 19:9-22 (NIV)
9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”
13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.
“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”