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Jesus
Off the File
The Basics
His Mission
God created a perfect world. Adam and Eve were a part of it. Then they allowed Satan into this perfect world and it all fell apart. Although all was not lost. You see, God knew exactly what would happen, even before he created the world, so he improvised a plan. "And I will put enmity between you ant the woman, and between your offspring and yours; he will crush your head, and you will strike your heal." (Genesis 3:15). The Plan was for then to have a savior sent onto the world. "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him." (Deuteronomy 18:15). And then he would die blameless to save the human race. "Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days" (John 2:19) he stated one time to the Pharisees, referring to his body, but they misunderstood that for the temple they were standing in and later used it against him in his trial.

Jesus not only came down to die for us. He had other things to do with out death preoccupying time. He also came down to teach us himself what to do and how to live. He gave them the Ten commandments, and they stuffed that. Then he gave them the Scriptures, the Old Testament, but they stuffed that too, so he came down and taught them first-hand how to do it right; how to live life correctly.
Who was he?
Jesus was God's child. One time when his parents accidentally left him in Jerusalem after the passover. In reply to a question of theirs, he answered, "Didn't you know that I would be in my Father's house?" Some people believe He never directly stated that He was the Messiah directly, but he did. At his trial, in response to the priest's question, Jesus answered “I am,” “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. (63-64)." As the author of this article states,
"...Jesus publicly claimed to be the Messiah. He claimed to be the Son of God. He even used the divine name in His answer: “I AM.” Now, at the very least, Jesus answered, “Yeah, I’m the Messiah. I’m the Son of God.” At that point, the High Priest probably thought something like, “Gotcha!” But then, Jesus follows up with, “I’m also the Son of Man. And you’ll see me seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” That’s when people freaked. Why? Because Jesus basically said, "There’s going to be another trial one day. And you won’t be judging me. You know that guy in Daniel’s vision? That’s me." The high priest didn't misunderstand Him for a second. His response was essentially, “Yikes! You just said you’re God and everyone should worship you!”"
But surely you say that we can't just rely on the Bible? History must be backed up by more than just one source? Well read this article written by Josephus, who lived around Jesus time and witnessed the events,
"About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of the highest standing among us, had condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the first place come to love him did not cease. On the third day he appeared to them restored to life. For the prophets of God had prophesied these and myriads of other marvelous things about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still up to now, not disappeared."
So there is at least one man who claimed to have seen Jesus and written about him. A Jew he was, he must have seen these things because the New Testament hadn't been written and/or compiled yet.
Jesus' Parable
The Faith of the Gentile Woman
A Gentile woman had a demon possessed daughter. She had heard about Jesus and knew he was her only hope. But for some strange reason, he was ignoring her. Maybe he didn't help “Gentiles” as they called people like her, but that's not what the rumors back in her country told her. She pressed on. Finally Jesus told her a riddle, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” instead of feeling insulted, she replied, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then he healed her daughter saying, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”
How did Jesus Overcome Temptation
Jesus was tempted in the three ways. With hunger or cravings of all kinds. Then with power, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to whoever I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”, then with recognition and how well he actually knew his scriptures. But Jesus was able to overcome all with both the preparation he had gone through, and his knowledge of scripture. Every time the Devil came at Him, Jesus quoted scripture. Not only did he have knowledge, but he also believed. He wanted not to and willed Himself and along with God's help, was able to overcome.
Born: Bethlehem
When: 6BC (Whole calender is off by about 6 years)
Lived: On Earth for 33 Years
"Biological" Parents: Mary and God (Technically, even on a biologic level, Joseph wasn't his dad)
Religious "Parties"
Pharisees
The Pharisees were the only movement to survive the destruction of the Second Temple and were the ancestors of modern Judaism.
They were a conservative group in belief as opposed to the liberal Sadducees, and guardians of the written and oral law.
They were the bitter and most hateful enemies of Christ. They condemned Him for just about everything He did, for healing and working on the Sabbath, casting out demons, they denied His miracles, and they sought to kill Him early in His ministry.
Although the Christian bible portrays them terribly, in fact, the Pharisees were very egalitarian. They believed that all men were equal and that all had the same rights, and the same right to an education etc.
The Pharisees believed that HaShem gave the Jews both a written and an oral Torah, both of which were equally binding and both of which were open to interpretation by rabbis. Pharisees were devoted to the study of Torah and the education of all people, regardless of status in society.
The Essenes
A branch of the Pharisees who conformed to the most rigid rules of Levitical purity while aspiring to the highest degree of holiness.
They considered themselves to be also a group of people at the center of all peoples: because everyone could become part of it, as soon as they had successfully passed the selective tests.
They lived solely by the work of their hands and in a state of communism.
devoted their time to study and devotion and to the practice of benevolence.
Many people believe that John the Baptist was an Essene, because he grew up in the wilderness.
Scribes
Body of teachers whose office was to interpret the Law to the people, their organization beginning with Ezra, who was their chief, and terminating with Simeon the Just
The original meaning of the Hebrew word "soferim" was "people who know how to write"
After the Israelites who came back from Babylon had turned their hearts to God, there was greater need of men to instruct the people, and to assist them in obtaining a clear understanding of the Law.
They were the professional students of the law, and it's defenders.
They were refered to as "lawyers" and "Teachers of the Law", because they were entrusted with the administration of the law as judges in the Sanhedrin.
Sadducees
As a whole, the sect fulfilled various political, social, and religious roles, including maintaining the Temple.
Their sect is believed to have become extinct sometime after the destruction of Herod's Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, but it has been speculated that the later Karaites may have had some roots or connections with old Sadducee views.
However, based on Chazalic sources, some researchers have argued that the Sadducee group originated in tandem with the Boethusian group during the Second Temple period, with their founders, Tzadok and Boethus, both being individual students of Antigonus of Sokho, who preceded the Zugot era, with no direct connection between the founder of the Tzadoki sect and Tzadok the Kohen Gadol, other than the same name.
The religious responsibilities of the Sadducees included the maintenance of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Their religious beliefs and social status were mutually reinforcing, as the Priesthood often represented the highest class in Judean society.
Zealots
The Zealots were an aggressive political party whose concern for the national and religious life of the Jewish people led them to despise even Jews who sought peace and conciliation with the Roman authorities.
A so-called fourth party founded by Judas the Galilean
The Zealots had the leading role in the Jewish Revolt of 66.
They succeeded in taking over Jerusalem, and held it until 70.
Extremists among the Zealots turned to terrorism and assassination.
Were the people at the time expecting a deliverer?
For the time, yes they were, at least they should have been. The prophets for many years had been predicting the coming of the Messiah. The prophet Micah predicted,
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judea, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from Ancient times." (Mic 5:2)
And if the priests and scholars had been keeping track of the time since Daniel's prophecy, they would've had the year,
"Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks"
One interpretation of this is:
"The dispensational interpretation begins the 490 years with the permission Artaxerxes I Longimanus gave to Nehemiah... This is dated by most dispensationalists to 445 BCE, but by some to 444 BCE. The “messiah” at the end of the 7+62 weeks is Jesus Christ, but because 7+62 = 69 weeks = 483 years from 445/4 BCE would extend to about CE 40—far beyond the lifetime of Christ—the 483 years are reduced to 476 years by interpreting these 490 years as "prophetic years" each consisting of only 360 literal days. Consequently the 483 years end with the crucifixion in CE 33 or 32."
Based on all this information, one could but assume that they would have been anticipating Christ.
6. The Jews traditionally governed themselves and had eventually overthrown everyone after relenting and turning back to God. But then the Greeks came, and after them, the Romans. The Jews hated the Romans. Plus Herod had betrayed them and was able to govern the country under the Romans. The Jews would have been searching for a good leader.
Roman control had it's advantages. Such as immigration, if there was any back then, ceased to exist. Roads were made safer and travel was easiest it had ever been, but as they say “You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone”.
The Romans were military conqueror’s, but the Greeks were cultural. They had spread their influences around and plus the Roman appreciated Greek culture and other things, and therefore a variant of Greek was spoken by all tradesmen, a common form that everyone understood; united under one language.
Social, Political, and Cultural Reasons of Time Choice
Concerning what was going to happen, “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:7) Seems the people concentrated too much on this prophecy, and not the one just a few chapters down in Isaiah 53: Concerning his appearance, he, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2) He was but like the average Jew of his time. When you get people's attention with one thing, they completely miss something just over there, exactly how the sleigh of hands works, concerning cards. He was to bear the sins of the world, not become another god-on-Earth-in-human-form thing.
What was he going to be like?
Jesus' Visits to the Temple as a boy
The Jews traditionally governed themselves and had eventually overthrown everyone after relenting and turning back to God. But then the Greeks came, and after them, the Romans. The Jews hated the Romans. Plus Herod had betrayed them and was able to govern the country under the Romans. The Jews would have been searching for a good leader.
Roman control had it's advantages. Such as immigration, if there was any back then, ceased to exist. Roads were made safer and travel was easiest it had ever been, but as they say “You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone”.
The Romans were military conqueror’s, but the Greeks were cultural. They had spread their influences around and plus the Roman appreciated Greek culture and other things, and therefore a variant of Greek was spoken by all tradesmen, a common form that everyone understood; united under one language.
Baptism and It's Importance
John the Baptist was baptizing people and giving out a message about the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Unlike Christ, he was but a man; born to parents of old age, his mission on earth was to prepare the way for his cousin. Jesus knew this and asked John to baptize him. He didn't need to, as baptism symbolizes death and our old sinful selves dying off and being resurrected in Christ He was setting an example to anyone who would follow him so they couldn't say “Jesus didn't get baptized, why should we?”
How was He Tempted in Ways we Are?
First off, the breakdown:
1. Jesus just got baptized
2. Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days
3. The Devil tempted him.
Now the Devil tempted Jesus in 3 ways: First with lust of the flesh (hunger of all types). The Devil wanted Jesus to fulfill his own needs, stating to him “If you are the son of God...” But Jesus merely stated “It is written, 'Man does no live on bread alone'” The Second was when the Devil took Jesus to the highest point of the Temple and told Him to throw himself off the edge, “He will command His angles...they will lift you up in their hands so you will not strike your foot against a stone.” the Devil himself quoting scripture! But Jesus knew what he was thinking: he was trying to make him a show off, and He answered back with, “It says, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Lastly, was when Jesus was taken to the high place where he was tempted with power “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to whoever I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”. Another flaw in humans; but Jesus answered again with scripture: “It is written, 'Worship the Lord and serve him only'” We may not be perfect and able to stand all temptations, but we can learn from Jesus and do our best to overcome what we can through His power.
Lost Son
The Lost Son
Basically, this kid gets bored, probably hates doing chores and stuff and never having any money to spend, so he goes to his dad and wines, “Dad, can I have my share of the inheritance now?” His father reluctantly agrees and the kid goes out and throws a huge non-stop party. But soon the money ran out and the party stopped. People he thought were his “friends” all deserted him and now he had no money. So he probably heads up to the dodgiest club in town and applies for a job as a janitor. It's a low-paying job: the bathroom floor is covered in urine and vomit from people drinking, there's broken glass everywhere, and the bins are far from pleasant. He gets so hungry after a few days he considers eating out of the trash. Soon he comes to his senses. How he's basically ripped off his dad. "Even the beggars that come 'round our place get better stuff to eat than this from my dad. I'll head home and say to him, 'I've sinned against you, and God, and life's basic structure and order. I can hardly call you my dad, and you, your son. I'll work as the lowest of the low; your personal butler.'" So he quit, scraped his money together, and was just able to buy a bus ticket to his hometown.
Meanwhile, his dad was anxiously watching out the window. "Dad, he's not coming back!" the good son whined. He's been a good son to him all this time and now that his brother’s gone, maybe his dad will start paying attention to him, but all he does is stare out the window hoping that he will return.
The son finally makes his way up to the mailbox. The driveway bends around a set of trees, so he starts moving. As soon as his dad sees him come around the bend, he cries out in joy. He bolts out the door almost tripping over the cat. He races up to his son and before he can even get the first word out of his speech, he calls to the family, “Get him his best clothes, kill the cow, it’s a party tonight!” “No dad,” The son pleads, “Not another party!” but his words are drowned out as the word gets around and the neighbors come to party. “Dad, how could you do this to me?” the good son complains, “Seriously, I've been good to you all these years. You never threw me a party. Yet as soon as my brother gets home, what do you do?” The father places his hand on the son's shoulder, “I know, I've watched how you've tried to prove yourself, but your brother was pretty much dead, and now he's back to life. He was lost, but has found himself” “R-Realy?” The son says, suddenly feeling appreciated, “Really,” answers his dad, “No get on in there, congratulate your brother, and let's party!”
The parable of The Lost Son was told by a man to farmers in Lebanon, a place where many live in the same conditions as Jesus would have. When he finished, he asked them what stood out to them. One explained the part about the inheritance. It was an insult. It was like saying, “I wish you were dead old man!” and another said the way the father ran up to his son. No father would run; the speed of your walk was in ratio to your importance and respect; older people walk slower. See Jesus showed God as a caring father, even though he was insulted by his son, he still looks out for us and wants us to come home.
The Resurrection and It's Meaning
The resurrection has to be the single most important event in the history of mankind besides the Birth. Sin began up in Heaven and Satan was flung down to the Earth and tempted Adam and Eve. Before cursing all three of them, God made a promise, “He will crush your head”. Jesus was going to come in to the world to save humanity. Things went downhill from there and God decided to send a flood to wipe out the corruption. But he saved one family and it's three sons and wives respectively. But Ham turned out to be evil and the world became corrupt again, although not as bad as before. God found the time period and person and Jesus was born at the time of Roman rule. He lived, breathed, taught, and performed miracles. He was then crucified. This has to be the most important event because it was the day son ended. Not as in death died, but rather it's eternal punishment. So even though we have to pay for our sins and die the first death, we don't necessarily have to die the eternal second, from which there is no third Resurrection.
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