Here is an explanation of the crucifixion of Yeshua taken from a website I have forgotten:
“The Jews so missed the Living Word, because of holding so rigidly to the dead letter of the word, that they crucified Him!”
I disagree in spirit to the words. They could not believe. Why? Because God had purposed their unbelief. God purposes unbelief to accomplish His purpose in the Mashiach, Yeshua. You do not have to disagree with me. Take up your argument up with the writings of the prophets, the word of God, and John the apostolos.
“But though He (Yeshua) had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on Him: that the saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed are report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again, He (Elohiym) hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eys, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things spake Isaiah when he saw His (Yeshua) glory, and spake of Him (Yeshua). (John 12:37ff with quotations from Is 53:1 & Is 6:9-10)
THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE. This is the very purpose of God in the Mashiach, Yeshua. And so when we judge and condemn the nation of Israel for unbelief we are judging and condemning God; for it was His purpose.
“Him (Yeshua) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” (Acts 2:23)
It is said to Israel that they took and by wicked hands slain the Mashiach, but do not forget God purposed the crucifixion of the Mashiach. It had to be!. If they knew Yeshua was God in the flesh, they would not have crucified Him, and Jew or Gentile would have no sacrifice for sins.
God to accomplish His purpose in the Mashiach, Yeshua, purposed the unbelief of Israel. For if they believed on the Mashiach, judgment would not have come. It is the same in this the generation of judgment: the time of the Gentiles fulfilled. God is purposing unbelief as He did in the first generation of the assembly of God, a generation of judgment, as Paul spoke of in 2 Thes 2, a falling away. Again God has purposed unbelief in our day and hour: they cannot believe. For God Himself is the source of the faith of Yeshua through grace. And so through the unbelief of the Gentiles, faith will come to Israel in our day and hour.
In the grace of God only, this is clearly seen in 1 Cor 2:7ff:
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a hidden mystery, that God ordained before the world unto our glory (the children of grace): which none of the rulers of this world knew: for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
And Yeshua in the days of His flesh did not see the end of these matters, but in Spirit He did by the writings of the prophets in light of the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. In the resurrection He saw the fruit of the work of God, not in the days of His flesh. Yeshua received understanding by the word preached by the gospel brought forth by the Spirit of the Father who zealously testified of the Mashiach (and that same Spirit continues to this day and forever). And the end of these matters and all things are:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave (sheol, hades, hell, one and the same), where is thy vistory…But thanks be to God, who giveth us the vistory through our Lord Yeshua the Christ.” (1 Cor 15)
“In Adam all died, in the Christ, Yeshua all are made alive, each man in God’s own order.”(1 cor 15)
“That at the name of Yeshua, every knee SHALL bow in heaven, in earth and under the earth, and every tongue SHALL confess that Yeshua the Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2 from Is 2:11, Is 45:23, Psalms 22:29)
When the word of the Lord is completed there will be no death for all eternity. There is a conclusion and a completion of the the purpose of God in the Mashiach, Yeshua that will usher in eternal righteousness and life.