Jesus' plan to be crucified (3)
Because Jesus was questioned by Annas, the ex-high priest and the father-in-law of the incumbent high priest, Caiaphas, the high priest, the key members of the Sanhedrin, Pilate, the Roman governor and Herod Antipas, the tetrarch, during less than 2 days before he was crucified on the day before Passover, it is obvious that a prior minute plan was prepared carefully.
High Priest Kaiaphas
It is considered that members of the Sanhedrim led by the high priest Kaiaphas made the plan and the Roman Governor approved it. At that time many self-styled Messiahs advocated the reformation and the movement of the revolution against the rule of Rome rose in Judea.
It was obvious If it broke out, the Roman armed force came in and put down the revolt. Not only the imperial family and the religious society but also the Roman Governor were afraid that such situation would occur.
According to the Gospel of John, Caiaphas called a meeting of the Sanhedrin and said, "You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." He prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. (John11:49-52) Then they started to prepare the plan to crucify Jesus. It is considered that Paul and his teacher Gamaliel were also included among them.
Roman Governor's Role
However, the approval of the Roman Governor was necessary and the religious and royal family had been fighting like cats and dogs. Therefore the governor seems to have performed the key role so that they worked together to carry out such a plan.
In contrast to the most of self-styled Messiahs, who were anti-Rome, Jesus did not have anti-Roman political background but also he had believers who were executive officers of the Roman armed forces and tax collectors for Rome. On this account it was believed that the Roman Governor was easier to approve it.
Jesus himself made round trips between the east bank of Jordan river where John the Baptist had ever made a foothold and his believers' houses in the suburbs of Jerusalem several months before the Passover in order to prepare to be crucified. However he always explained that it was God's plan and said "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" (John18:11)
The plan was executed almost perfectly until Jesus was lifted up on the cross. The collaboration among Roman Governor, the high priest, the Sanhedrin, the tetrarch and Jesus' church was perfect. However the confrontation between the close associates of the high priest who had prepared the plan and Jesus' disciples was deepened soon after the execution of Jesus and the reformists in the Sanhedrin members led by Paul started to oppress Jesus' church. It was supposed that Jesus would rise again after three days of his crucifixion and go ahad of his disciples into Galilee.
A few months before the Passover, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in Bethany. Soon after, the high priest Caiaphas called a meeting of the Sanhedrin and directed to prepare the plan to crucify Jesus as a messiah. The most of Jesus' disciples believed that Jesus would revive physically like Lazarus and a Kingdom led by Jesus would appear shortly thereafter. However physical revival of Jesus did not materialize.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, both were members of the Sanhedrim, asked Pilate, the Roman Governor, for Jesus' body and Pilate ordered that it be given to them. According to the Gospel of John, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear before taking his body down. This might become a fatal blow and his physical revival could not materialize.
We may not know if the Roman soldier stabbed Jesus accidently or the Roman Governor or the part of the Sanhedrim members directed him. But It was possible that this event might cause the story of Judas' treachery and become background of conflict between the reformists in the Sanhedrin and the key members od Jesus' church led by the Twelve Apostles.
Jesus thought that he was the only one who would lay down his life to save the world so that Scripture would be fulfilled and that there should not have another victim. However the author of the Gospel of John had to make Jesus say, "None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled." And Judas Iscariot, the Chief Financial officer of Jesus' church, becam an eternal traitor.
Glory On The Earth
Jesus knew in advance that he could not resurrect physically. So he could escape as he had often done before. But He also knew that the opportunity to be crucified on the day before Passover getting collaboration with the Roman governor, the King, the high priest and the Sanhedrin would not come round again if he escaped. That is why Jesus shed sweat and blood and continued to pray to God to prove that his decision was right until just before he was arrested.
The great rebellion broke out later and the Roman army destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem completely. None of Twelve Apostles, even Paul could not see the glory on earth during their lifetime. However, more than 300 years later, Christianity, a school of the Judaism, which had been borne in a nomadic tribe of Western Asia, became the state religion of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires and transformed itself into the universal religion. (Eko-an Hensho: 2010-12-31)
What is "Baptism with The Holy Spirit"?
According to the dialectic of the Gospel of John,
【thesis】 "A man can possess eternal life through accepting testimony of the Son of man and being baptized by him." (John 5:24)
【anti-thesis】 But "The one who comes from the earth cannot accept the testimony by one from heaven."(John 3:32)
How then can a man possess eternal life?
【synthesis】 "If you want to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, you can just go back to the word which was with God in the beginning (John 1:1) and certify that God is truthful. (John 3:33)"
When he said, "You are Huichao," Zen Master Fayan thrusted vivid Self in Huichao in front of his eyes. (The Origin of Christianity P.171)
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