Who Persecuted Jesus? I was watching my old friend Arnold Murray on TV again this morning...and he really got me thinking with this one. He was talking about Christ. And he said that the sinners in the sin-pits and bars and whorehouses and such weren't the ones who persecuted Jesus...even the demons that occupied the bodies of the wicked screamed out and identified our Savior as the Son of God and begged him for mercy (which, by the way, he showed them). But it was the Pharisees, the ones who practiced religion, who persecuted Jesus. I was doing my morning-set of deep knee bends when good ol' Arnold was talking about this, and I just stopped...whoah! I never thought of that before. It just never struck me. The sinners fell down and asked Christ to forgive them. The demons begged the Son of God for mercy. But the self-righteous, the Pharisees, the ones who practiced religion, denied Christ as the Son of God. Incredible how we learn something new every day, huh? This is just something so basic that it never connected with me before. Makes me want to stand up and scream: I am a sinner, Christ Jesus! Son of God, save me!!!