LEAVING ASIDE ALL THE BELIEF IN THE DIVINITY OF JESUS, ASSUMING THAT I WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN, HAD I READ THE BIBLE. I AM INDEED SURE THAT JESUS WOULD STILL HAVE BEEN MY HERO.
THE REASONS FOR MY CONCLUSIONS ARE BASED ON MERE LOGIC & NOTHING MORE.
JESUS HAD A STATED AGENDA. A stated agenda is the agenda that which is declared by the individual as the path that he is going to follow. It is a SELF DECLARATION. A declaration of the path, no matter what the hurdles are. Jesus declared that HE WAS THE SON OF GOD and the MESSIAH, which according to the Jewish tradition was to happen. The CHRIST (the Anointed ONE) had to be born. His foster father was from Nazareth and therefore Jesus was thought to be from the region of Galilee, and the Jewish holy books do not predict the advent of the Messiah from that region. He was born into the family headed by a carpenter. Consequently, NO FAMILY SUPPORT OR HELP. It is from this background that JESUS came.
His STATED AGENDA was that He had come down to do the will of the FATHER. That “will” was not DECLARED and consequently none could defy Jesus’ stated purpose. There had been many who claimed to be the Christ before and most of their names have fallen by the wayside in history. But why did he succeed? Many were crucified on the cross for both Blasphemy and Treason, yet they did not leave anything that lasted beyond a few years. But Jesus’ name and His teachings have lasted and is relevant even today. BUT WHY?
JESUS STATED HIS AGENDA AND STUCK TO IT, TILL THE VERY END.
Jesus took on the two most powerful INSTITUTIONS of his time. The ROMAN EMPIRE and THE JEWISH RELIGION. The persons who represented their interest were PONTIUS PILATE and JOSEPH CAIAPHAS respectively. The Governor Pilate had the power to destroy the body and the High Priest Caiaphas could declare that Jesus’ teachings or his life was not in conformity with the Jewish religious texts and therefore could bring accusations of blasphemy and thereby have him executed. So Jesus as a single individual had to withstand the might of the Roman Empire and the Religious leaders of his own times.
It is easy to fight battles get hold of a small kingdom consolidate one’s power and establish one’s rule and then slowly grow, but Jesus had nothing, absolutely nothing. HE HAD SPIRITUAL POWER. The power that was be tested to the very last! He said to his disciples, ” DO U THINK THAT IF I ASKED MY FATHER, HE WOULDN’T SEND ME A LEGION OF ANGELS?” and yet he wouldn’t ask. He believed that he had come to TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD and therefore HAD TO SACRIFICE HIS SELF AND NOT THWART HIS FATHER’S WILL.
From an outsider’s point of view, it might have looked like a tall claim. Yes it was tall, but when he was taken to Pilate he defied him by saying IF THE POWER WERE NOT TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN FROM ABOVE, U CANNOT HAVE THE POWER THAT U CLAIM U HAVE! That was truly glorifying the FATHER, that except the power be given by the Father u, Pilate, have no power over me. Needs SPIRITUAL COURAGE to say that to the man who had the power. Pilate understands that and realizes the limitations of his TEMPORAL power and washes his hands off the whole issue. But Caiaphas and his religious group cannot. JESUS was making them irrelevant with his teachings, sermons and thru his disciples. They bring in the religious laws and interpret them according to their understanding or convenience. They threaten, they insult, they disparage Him, but JESUS stands SUPREME AND ALONE, despite all the physical limitations! His stated agenda is intact. Will of the father is being done.
Jesus says that he had the power to summon a legion of angels. Whether it was a bluff or not depends on the call. In a game of poker if one is holding a royal flush and the other is holding a Straight flush in the same suit, and if the guy holding a royal flush DECLARES that he has a Royal flush and the other guy has no Ace or King to the suit and the community cards has the Queen , Jack and Ten of the suit declared by the Royal Flush holder on the board and if the other guy has the 9 and 8 of the same suit as pocket cards: HE HAS AN OPTION TO CALL, RAISE or FOLD. Assuming that the Royal flush claimant was Jesus in the flesh, and the Straight flush holder was Joseph Caiaphas, Caiaphas wanted JESUS to CALL and NOT TO RAISE. Jesus RAISED THE SPIRITUAL BAR. He threw away the Mosaic laws of retribution and brought in COMPASSION and SACRIFICE.
Caiaphas did not have the money to match JESUS’ bid. A spiritual bid, way beyond Caiaphas’ means. Caiphas pulled out his revolver and shot HIM dead.
Whom do i support? The killer who did not WANT TO play the game, HE DID NOT HAVE THE ACE AND KING HIMSELF BUT WAS NOT SURE IF JESUS HELD IT AT ALL!
The killer was afraid of losing MONEY( his position and power as the High Priest)! CAIPHAS BLINKED! Read the following verses from Gospel of John Ch.18:-
19: The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20: Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21: Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
22: And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
23: Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
24: Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.
THE PERSON WHO HELD HIS OWN AMONGST ALL ODDS AND SACRIFICED AND SET AN EXAMPLE THAT ALL EXISTING POWERS WANT STATUS QUO TO CONTINUE, BUT YOU CAN BRING A CHANGE, IF U STICK TO THE FORMULA, IF YOUR FORMULA IS RIGHT!
HOW CAN I BE WITHOUT FOLLOWING A MAN WHO STOOD HIS GROUND ON HIS CONVICTIONS!(His convictions have become the creed of many fathers of Nations including Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and many others who have drawn inspiration therefrom in their little battles of life with the oppressive authorities!)
(***this blog is not for Christians, but a line of argument for the skeptically logical)