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Mike UdezeTuesday, April 15, 2014
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CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST


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prophet has no honor in his home land, Jesus Christ famously said.

Jesus Christ was born a Jew, but Jewish tradition roundly reject Jesus as the Messiah.

In fact, Jews of Jesus era considered Jesus a gigantic disappointment. At that time, the Jews were desperate for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy which promised that a Messiah would redeem Israel from the exploitation and brutality of the Roman Government.

Unfortunately for the Jews, the Redeemer's mission was spiritual, not worldly or political. Jesus declared: "My kingdom is not of this world." John 18:36.

The mission of Christ was liberation; but it was not to liberate his fellow Jews from the bondage of Rome. Instead, Jesus came to liberate the world from the bondage of sin. Jesus Christ came to prepare all people to be worthy of the Kingdom of GOD. To achieve this salvation, Jesus taught that humans must cleanse their hearts of selfish desires, cruelty and violence. Also, humans must live by ethical code of humility, simplicity, hospitality, gentleness, compassion, peace, forgiveness, poverty and empathy.

The entire teaching of Jesus Christ can be summed up in one sentence: "Do unto others as you would have them do to you." Matthew 7:12.

The teachings of Jesus Christ, as well as his fearless and outspoken criticism of bribery and corruption, injustice, abuse of power and greed, won him a large number of devoted followers.

Followed by large crowds, and surrounded by many devotees, Jesus soon attracted the scrutiny of the Roman authority, which was vigilantly suspicious of the Jews. In fact, the Roman Government seized every opportunity to persecute and pitilessly slaughter the Jews en masse.

Fearlessly, Jesus continued his mission of deliverance. Jesus reminded the people that all have sinned. And he dared: “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (Referring to a woman who was about to be stoned to death for adultery. John 8:7

Also, Jesus lamented the glaring hypocrisy of the generation. He chided: “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.” Luke 6:42

Jesus spoke in parables, beyond the understanding of the rabble. Through this misunderstanding, Jesus committed two crimes whose punishment was death, by stoning and crucifixion, respectively. First, Jesus called himself 'Son of GOD' who will 'destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days.' At face value, this statement was blasphemy of the highest order in the Jewish tradition. Also, Jesus spoke of his 'kingdom,' which the Roman Government interpreted as a treasonous challenge to its autocracy.

Jewish elders were alarmed and horrified; they feared that Yeshu'a of Nazareth was a trouble maker whose activities and reckless pronouncements could only bring another wave of Roman persecution and killing on the Jews. So, Jesus Christ was handed over to be crucified.

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