Jesus Message and Jesus Miracles

Jesus message was pure and simple; no uprising, no challenging of king's conducts, not even hating the Romans! Just purify the Sacred Temple in Jerusalem and follow God's Commandments, and let God to take care of the rest.

So Jesus started to preach this vision of Judaism. In his view the Sacred Temple in Jerusalem was the core foundation for Judaism and it had to be purified and the Chief Priest and the rabbis who were running the affairs of the temple must make diligent care to make sure that God's Commandments were followed. Jesus was charging that the sins of the Chief priests were the cause of all the Jewish problems. Mishandling of the affairs of the Sacred Temple was the cause which had brought the curse of God on Jewish people. Because of violations of the sanctity of the Sacred Temple God had sent a Jewish King and the Romans Legions to punish them. Jesus would charge that the Jewish king and the Romans army were acting by God's command to make life miserable for the Jewish people. Jesus was charging the Sacred Temple's authorities were directly responsible for the downfall of the Jewish people.

Jesus was prophesizing that if the Jews do not cleanse the Sacred Temple, God will punish them even more by striking down and destroying the Sacred Temple, because God will not allow such violations of the sanctity of the Sacred Temple. God was angry at the Jews for neglecting their responsibilities toward the Sacred Temple.

So Jesus was preaching don't aggravate the situations by cursing the Jewish King and the Romans instead concentrate on the Temple activities and on your own conducts. Obey the King and the Romans as the Ruler of the land and submit yourself to God and have faith that God will bring you the salvation. Instead of cursing the Romans, have peace with them let God to deal with the King and the Romans on his own terms.

Jesus was warning that; opposing the Romans would bring a GREAT DISASTER. Because such challenges by themselves were challenging God's will. The Romans were there by God's command so fighting them was like opposing the God's will. Opposing the Romans would bring the wrath of God on the Jews and the Judaism. Jews must avoid the confrontation with the Romans and just cleanup their own conducts.

Of course Jesus message was so confusing for the people to comprehend and see the ramification of it. But there are many passages in the Old Testament which clearly resonant exactly this message with utmost clarity. People were either activist, then they wanted to pickup arms and do uprising against the poppet Jewish King and the Romans, or they were too afraid to do anything. But Jesus message was offering a third course of action for the people and that was taping to the power of mighty Jehovah and letting Jehovah to take care of the problems and save the Judaism and the Jewish people. To do that; they needed to devote whole heartily to Judaism and maintain Jehovah's Commandments in their lives.

Jesus was a good preacher so he got some followers, and since he was preaching peace his teaching did not aggravate the authorities at all. He was free to travel around and did his preaching. A lot of Scholars believe that Jesus was preaching subversive messages against the King and the Romans and for that he was on the run and hiding from the spies and the authorities. I totally disagree with this assessment. Actually gospels are very clear about Jesus free movement.

Mark Gospel 14:49 Day after day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, yet you did not arrest me.

John Gospel 18:20 Jesus replied, "I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues and in the temple courts, where all the Jewish people assemble together. I have said nothing in secret.

I think these scholars' views have been influenced by the unrests and the chaos which existed in Palestine at that time. There were many armed uprising and many preachers who challenged the Jewish King and the Romans, and they all got annihilated by the might of the Romans' army. Jesus was keenly aware of this grim reality and he did not want to guide people to another disastrous adventure.

Jesus' association with the tax man proves that he was not preaching any inflammatory or subversive material against the Jewish king or against the Romans. He was openly socializing with the government tax collector. If the Jewish king or the Romans were after Jesus, then the tax collector could not socialize with Jesus openly and freely. Jesus was inviting everybody to become righteous and devote their lives to Jehovah. And his teaching disappointed a lot of his followers who were expecting a relief from the injustices of the society. Jesus teaching was totally different from the God Kingdom people. The God kingdom people were preaching to bring the God's Kingdom on earth by overthrowing the Jewish King and the Romans by force. On the contrary Jesus was moving around freely and preaching his fellow Jews to devote themselves to the word of God and avoid the politics and criticizing the Jewish King and the Romans. He wanted no hostility toward the Jewish King or the Romans; because he knew aggravating Romans would make the situations much worse for the people. He wanted to cleanse the people to the extent that God himself to intervene on behave of the Jewish people.

I can imagine that Jesus would not emphasis on the Jehovah's punishment of the Jewish King and the Romans. He knew it very well how God would destroy the Jewish King and the Romans but he did not want to dwell on that issue since that kind of preaching was so inflammatory. Besides, that was out of his control any way and it was in Jehovah's will, and he could not tell to Jehovah what to do! All he was interested was to submit and comply with Jehovah's Commandments for the Jewish people pure and simple, and leave the rest to Jehovah's will.

Jesus also thought by being true to Judaism and practice God's Commandments the Jews might enlighten the Romans to the true God. The Jews should not despise the Romans, instead they should educate them, because the mercy of the God is toward all the people. And it was the duty of Jews to show the glory and the mercy of God towards all mankind. Jesus disciples were impressed and amazed by Jesus devotion toward his cause and his message. Jesus was an honest man with a big dream. Jesus practiced what he preached. This theme was the heart and soul of Jesus teachings which was picked up by Apostle Paul and later on he implemented this message exactly and he relaxed the obstacles of circumcision and the Kosher Food and he started the Christianity.

At this point there weren't any miracles associated to Jesus, nothing extraordinary about Jesus except his message. If the disciples had seen any of those miracles which is reported in the Gospels, like reviving a dead man, healing blinds and cripples and sick, and turning water into wine(I should add the best wine), feeding few thousands of people with just few loafs of bread, Walking on the water, and so on. Then Jesus would have been revered beyond any doubt as an Extraordinary Prophet, or even more; the Messiah, or even more; the Son of God, or even more; the God HIMSELF. Yes, I can say this beyond any doubt. This image of Jesus which is worshipped in the Christian Churches today is so powerful and so overwhelming that the Jesus followers in the late 1st century and 2nd, 3rd and 4th century by just reading and hearing about it, they got a belief and a faith which nothing could stop them from loving Jesus, following Jesus, and dying for Jesus. Those followers endured any torture or excruciating death in the arena or on the cross. There are a lot of documented heroin stories about those martyrdoms. Reading those true stories would put chills in your spine. Such a faith and such devotions are so remarkable! This shows when human beings truly believe in something they would risk their lives without any fear or hesitation.

Let us look at the miracles from another angle; if Jesus could perform any of those miracles then he should have done it at his trial and proved it to everybody beyond any doubt that he was the Messiah. After all, the Chief Priest was looking to yield to Messiah. Moses did show his Miracles to Pharaoh. Would it be so wrong for Jesus to show some of his miracles to the public when everybody were hoping he would, and proved his claim as being the Messiah, and fulfilled the promise which God had made to his chosen people? God has become so late on his promise that some Jewish scholars are losing their faith to the Mighty God: "During WWII, when the holocaust was happening, God was on vacation!"

If we accept that God has failed to fulfill his promise to his chosen people, then God loses all his credibility! And that is not good! In Jesus case, God went through all that drama to send his dear Son to us; Mathew Gospel 3:17 "This is my one dear Son; in him I take great delight." and when everybody was eager to worship him, and Jesus was at the center stage, and everybody was watching, listening, paying full attention, and hoping to see that God had fulfilled his promise, and yet the Son failed to show his credentials! Such a disappointment! One might ask what was the point, that God sent his dear Son to the people and the Son hid his identity from the people? Should we ask whose fault was it; the Son or the Father? Here, somebody is playing a naughty game with the people, and that is not fair! The God who plays these kinds of games, it is not good for his image, people might stop worshipping him!

Jesus miracles were very impressive, but they did not happen! The miracles were manufactured by gospel writers or by the church authorities later on. My reason for such a claim is in the behavior of the disciples at the time of the Jesus arrest and his trial. If any of those disciples had seen any of those miracles they would have come forward to defend Jesus and help him in his trial. These disciples were with Jesus day and night. If they had seen any of those miracles, they would have had a faith which would not be feared of their own welfare. They would have taken any risk to help their master. But none of the disciples, not even one, cared to come forward to help his master. The disciples would have behaved much differently at the Jesus trial and at his procession to the crucifixion site. As it is reported after Jesus arrest, they all totally disassociated themselves from Jesus.

Apostles knew Jesus. Jesus was inspirational and fascinating to listen to. Jesus was giving fresh interpretations of the Torah. But no way for this Jesus the Apostles could risk their own livelihoods and entertain a jail sentence or maybe the crucifixion. The writers of the Gospels and later on the church authority knew it very well in order people to follow the Christianity they needed some miracles. Without those miracles the Christianity Church could have not competed with the Pagan religions which were filled with amazing Gods. Those martyrs who gave their lives for Jesus, they thought Jesus who preformed all those miracles he must have been the savoir. For those martyrs that image of Jesus was so profound and so complete that there was no doubt in their mind that they were worshipping the True Son of God. They had no hesitation to sacrifice their lives for the love of Jesus. But the Apostles who presumably witnessed all those events first hand none of them felt so strong about the Jesus identity. The comparison of these two very distinct behaviors reveals that Jesus miracle stories were not there at the time of his crucifixion. Don't these two distinct behaviors prove the falsehood of Jesus miracles? The first group who supposed to have witnessed all the miracles treated Jesus like an ordinary preacher, couple centuries later the second group they were sacrificing their lives for the Godly Image of Jesus without any hesitation.

The manufactured Jesus Miracle stories and the fearless love of martyrs who sacrificed their own lives in the name of Jesus gave validity and strength to the Christianity.

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