Saturday, December 09, 2017

"he went into their synagogue" - Jesus' Mission for the Coming 2000 Years

Shibuya, Tokyo

Jesus' Mission for the Coming 2000 Years

What plan did Christ Jesus have when He started the mission in Palestine 2000 years ago?

Did He believe that He could save people, Israel, and the world?  Or did He start His mission to save people, Israel, and the world?  Or did He intend to launch a new religion called Christianity for this purpose?  Or what his followers feel about His intention at the time?

If Christ Jesus had been God, He must have been able to foresee the progress of the world in future when He came to this world 2000 years ago.  He must have been able to foresee His death on the cross, His resurrection, the subsequent Jewish-Roman war, the establishment of the Vatican, the fall of the Roman Empire, the spread of Christianity in Europe, the emergence of Islam, the discovery of America, the rise of Martin Luther, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the success of America, the corruption of Europe, and the turmoil in Islamic regions, etc.  But did He indicate these future images to His followers and the Apostles?

In this context, the Gospels teach no specific behaviors of Christ Jesus facing the future of the mankind in order to guide or save the mankind in preparation for the future.

However, He did not deny that the end of the world is coming soon.  Most of scholars today could not give any answers to this question that the end of the world did not come so soon as Christ Jesus predicted.  So, they have concocted foolish and complicated theory about the end of the world.  The Vatican has not even presented a convincing answer while it claimed that they had succeeded Christ Jesus.

It is apparent that Christ Jesus foresaw the coming war between Judaists and the Roman Empire.  He said indeed that He was sent for Israel.  His mission was to save Israelites from Roman troops.  The war could not be avoided.  Isrealites or Judaists would lose Jerusalem.  They would be absorbed by may other various people in the Empire.  Judaism would be forgotten.  The tradition since Abraham and Moses would be lost.  He must have foreseen it.

So, Christ Jesus must have thought what He should do to have Judaism survive and sustain and develop faith in God.

Accordingly, Christ Jesus started his mission by visiting poor, sick, and deprived people of Israel to heel them and teach them the teaching of God.  And He finally went up to Jerusalem to see Temple's priests and the Roman Governor, however, not to be judged by them but to give them the last chance of not being condemned by God as the killers of the Son of God.   However, they failed and thus executed Christ Jesus.  There was no excuse for them, since they had been given a chance to change their minds as Christ Jesus had faced them.

Accordingly, the Jewish-Roman war erupted to destroy the Temple of Jerusalem, and centuries later, the West Roman Empire fell while the Vatican survived.   

Now that, Judaists have returned to Jerusalem 1900 years after the Jewsih-Roman war,  and today it is 2000 years after the emergence of Christ Jesus.  So, the world must be entering a new era after 2000 years since the mission of Christ Jesus.  What made Christ Jesus venture into His mission must become obsolete.  God must be ready for another intervention to the human history.

But do people today keep the ability to listen to God?       

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Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Mat 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

"ye would not have condemned the guiltless" - Jerusalem, the Center of the World

Mt. Fuji from around Tokyo, 100 Km Far

Jerusalem, the Center of the World

The center of the world is Palestine as it is situated at the connection point among Africa, Europe and Asia.

God chose Palestine and Jerusalem when He called out Abraham from Mesopotamia.  And, for this reason, He also called out Moses from Egypt.  Finally, He sent His Son to Jerusalem 2000 years ago.  It was an unbelievably excellent choice.

And while India and China were counted in, the Asian side of Jerusalem became wider.  But God allowed Columbus to find America.  So, Jerusalem could keep its position as the center of the world.  It is situated at the connecting point between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.  It is also between America and India/China.  It is truly the center of the world.

In addition, it is also in the middle between Rome and Mecca.  It is between the center of Christianity and that of Islam.  Indeed, it is the center of the world.

America, Rome, Europe => Jerusalem <=  Middle East, Mecca, India/China

This is a miracle and apparently a proof that God interfered with the history of the mankind.  For this reason, we have to believe in God.

However, Christ Jesus said that people would come to pray to God in other places than Jerusalem.  It means any place where faith is found can be another Jerusalem.  Christ Jesus also said that God would produce descendants of Abraham even from stones.

We, the mankind, have to be humble before God.  None could claim that Jerusalem is his own, except God.

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Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

"They will reverence my son" - Jesus' Parables and the Secret of Christianity

Sunset and Mt. Fuji, 100 Km Far

Jesus' Parables and the Secret of Christianity

The list of parables Christ Jesus cited in His teaching is as follows, according to a study:
List of Parables in Order Brief descriptions and scripture references for all 46 parables.
Parables #1-2-3-4 New cloth, New wine. Lamp on a stand. Wise & foolish builders.
Parables #5-6 Moneylender forgives unequal debts. Lamp on a stand (2nd time).
Parables #7-8 Rich man builds bigger barns. Servants must remain watchful.
Parables #9-10 Wise and foolish servants. Unfruitful fig tree.
Parable #11 Sower of seeds into four types of soil.
Parable #12 Weeds among good plants. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #13-15 Growing seed. Mustard seed. Yeast. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #16-19 Hidden treasure. Pearl. Fishing net. Owner of a house. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #20-21 Lost sheep. The sheep, gate, and shepherd.
Parables #22-23 Master and his servant. Unmerciful servant.
Parables #24-25 Good Samaritan. Friend in need.
Parables #26-27 Lowest seat at the feast. Invitation to a great banquet.
Parable #28 Cost of discipleship.
Parables #29-30 Lost sheep (sheep as sinners). Lost copin.
Parable #31 Lost (prodigal) son.
Parable #32 Shrewd manager.
Parable #33 Rich man and Lazarus.
Parable #34 Workers in the vineyard, early and late.
Parables #35-36 Persistent widow and crooked judge. Praying: Pharisee and tax collector.
Parable #37 King's servants given minas.
Parables #38-39 Two sons, one obeys, one does not. Wicked tenants.
Parable #40 Invitation to a wedding banquet.
Parables #41-42 Signs from a fig tree. Wise and foolish servants.
Parables #43-44 Wise and foolish virgins. Servants must remain watchful.
Parable #45 Three servants given talents.
Parable #46 Sheep and goats will be separated.
The most remarkable feature is that He didn't present a kind of religious theory Paul later developed and delved into.

Those parables were directed to attitudes and the mind set people should have in their daily lives.  He taught how foolishly some people acted and thought.  He assumed that people had some idea about God and Heaven.  He sometimes presented what God wanted and what Heaven was like.  But mostly His focus was on how people should act and think.

But some parables seem to have been directed to spies sent by priests of the Jerusalem Temple.  Christ Jesus apparently gave warning to those rich priests in power through spies listening to him.  So, when those rich priests heard what Christ Jesus had said in His mission, they must have been more alarmed.

However, these parables could not allow for the establishment of the religion Christianity.  It needed one more thing: the conviction that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.

So, the secret of Christianity lies in how disciples and the Apostles realized that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.  Only because he looked like resurrecting three days after the Crucifixion?   

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Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Mar 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.