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Jesus Christ

Discussion in 'Christianity DIR' started by true blood, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. true blood

    true blood Active Member

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    Thursday the 8th of Nison, Jesus comes to Bethany to eat supper with Lazarus whom Jesus rose from the dead. Meanwhile in Jerusalem at the Temple the chief priests and Pharisees conspire with the high priest of Israel to kill Jesus and Lazarus(because of his testimony of being raised from the dead, such irony exemplifies what religion can do to people. It can blind and mislead them that they walk in opposition to the true God whom they claim to serve). During supper with Lazarus' household, Mary used her most expensive ointment pouring it onto Jesus's feet and wiping them with an Eastern woman's glory, her hair. However Judas objected to Mary's gesture. The value of the ointment was worth a very great amount. Judas, "had the bag" as stated in John 12:4-6, meant Judas was the treasurer for the disiples. He also was a theif who stole money from the bag.

    Friday, the next day, Christ makes his first entrance into Jerusalem riding into town on a ***'s colt-"the entrance of judgment". In Eastern culture a ruler riding into town on a ***'s colt was indictive of judgment. Jesus rode in on one because he rode into Jerusalem to judge as the representative of his Father, who is the Supremme Judge, God. And he shouted to the multitude "If thou [Jerusalem] hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and they children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." Then Jesus went into the temple and looked round and about on all things. Then he departed and returned to Bethany.

    Saturday, Jesus leaves Bethany again for Jerusalem. This day is the weekly sabbath and the selection of the lamb. When they were come away from Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing there on. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves for the time of figs was not yet. Jesus spoke and said to the tree, "No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever." The fig tree symbolized Israel. Israel was not budding with fruit; she was barren. Although she appeared from a distance to be flourishing, she was in reality unfruitful. So God cut off His special blessing to Israel. From this point forward, no fruit would come out of Israel as a nation because she had rejected God's only-begotten Son, God's greatest gift to her. Jesus then enters into the city this second time upon two animals which represents "the entry of blessing", Zechariah 9:9. In this second entry the entire city responds and questioned, "Who is this?" Jesus revisits the Temple as on the previous day however he did not simply "look round and about" but overthrew the merchant's tables and taught the people. Jesus didn't object the lucretive commerce being conducted but rather the corruption and hypocrisy involved. The Temple had become the center of dishonest business dealing all in the name of religion. This "cleansing" of the Temple was essential for the Temple to be properly prepared and cleansed for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Then Jesus departed and returned to Bethany.

    The next day, Sunday, Jesus returns to Jerusalem. The fig tree they passed had dried up. The symbolization of Israel. Jesus, visits the temple and being confronted by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians, Jesus spoke the two great commandments and denounced the religious leaders in front of all. Then he prophezised concerning Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple [70 AD Roman General Titus destroyed the structure]. Jesus left the temple area and went to the Mount of Olives where he told of his impending crucifixion and future events relating to Israel.

    Monday Jesus returns from Mount of Olives to Bethany to dine with Simon the leper. Again valuable ointment was poured upon his head by an unnamed woman and his disiples were upset. Jesus relates this anointing with his burial. He knew it was at hand. This ointment was called mska, the aramaic word mshka comes from the same root as mshika from which is derived the English word "Messiah". Judas Iscariot leaves the group and goes to the chief priest to collabrate the capture of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. In the Old Testament 30 silver was the fine to be paid when a man's ox gored another man's servant. The 30 pieces given to Judas were taken from the Temple treasury. Money from this treasury was used in the purchase of sacrifices and offering. Ironically the priests purchased Israel's ultimate sacrifice. Then Jesus heads to Jerusalem but stays outside the city.

    to be continued...a cronilogical narrative leading to Jesus's crucifixion...
     
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