Demonstrating Who Crucified Jesus : The Religious Fanatics of His Day
"The Religious Fanatics of His Day"
DOES NOT Mean
Jews" of Today
The primary purpose of this document is to illustrate the dangers of fanaticism, identify its signs and suggest how to counteract it. A secondary purpose is to clearly identify who were really responsible for the crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Once this responsibility is clearly established, we must make an effort to truly and effectively eradicate the unjust stigma which the Jews have been carrying for nearly 2,000 years of Christendom. (This stigma which has been used over and over again to abuse that noble race from which our Savior and our much venerated Mother sprung forth.)
Even in the field of science sometimes, the "forest cannot be seen for the trees". In such cases, to be able to "see the forest" we must take some steps back - as many as are needed - and look at the overall panorama. Only then we will begin to discern the emerging patterns, so that the "forest" comes into sharp focus.
For example: The key message that we may discern from an overview of the Sacred Scriptures is that God has provided for mankind a vehicle for its redemption - the Messiah, the Christ. He is the key. A corresponding key message is that the evil one, finally manifesting himself as the False Messiah, the False Christ, will fight against the redemption plan until the very end.
For Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, the overall message is the same. However, the disagreement is over the timing of the Messiah: whether His coming will be His 'First' or 'Second'. Because of the "trees of disagreement" we fail to see the "forest of urgency".
Our beloved Heavenly Father Willed that the information handed down to us could be correctly interpreted by those expecting the Second Coming of the Messiah, just as well as by those expecting His First Coming. If we then pay attention to the overall picture, the "forest of urgency" will come into full focus.
Please Note: Since the primary audience of this Issue is composed of Christians, we will pursue the path that addresses the Second Coming of the Messiah, and the Crucifixion of His Mystical Body.
BACKGROUNDAll Christian pastors agree that there will be a Second Coming. However, most act as if it will occur in some very distant future. As illogical as it may sound, such an attitude makes sense. As the Scriptures have it, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is a result of our failure to carry out what He came to teach us in the First Coming. If we had fulfilled our responsibility, the Day of the Lord would not be "terrible" [Re-read the Prophet Malachi , Chapters 1 through 4].
We who believe ourselves to be followers of Christ have failed - and our state of denial increases in proportion to the level of our corruption. Of psychological necessity, the reality of the Second Coming of Christ is buried deeper and deeper in our subconscious. The nearer the time of the Second Coming is, the more vehemently we deny its approach.Not everyone in Christendom denies the proximity of the Second Coming, however. Among those who are aware of the urgency of the times are people who, inspired by legitimate Marian Apparitions, experienced a conversion of heart and started a prayerful life.However, for many of these people, their prayer life soon became mechanical and empty of its life-giving spiritual component. They become self righteous, without realizing (1) that their mechanical rituals have replaced the true union with the Saving Power of the Messiah and, (2) in effect, they have separated themselves from Him. (*)(*) "Many will say to me in that day Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in that name... and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:22-23)To many the Messiah has become one more automatic dispenser of "things"; just like a vending machine. One does "this" and He does "that". They do not realize that He allows [1Kings 22:13-23] this false sense of security to exist as part of the Mystery of Iniquity - as the stage is set to separate the wheat from the chaff.
As the grinding of the teeth starts we may hear the echo of "You never learned what I meant by": "I will have Mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.." (Matthew 9:13)
DETAILS and DEVELOPMENT
On the Second Coming
Many well intentioned people think that the Antichrist, the False Christ, will come announcing with trumpets and cymbals that he is the False Christ. This is no more realistic than to expect creditors to knowingly accept counterfeit money in payment of one's debts. Just as the wolf deceives most by passing himself as a lamb, the thorn bush deceives most by impersonating a fig tree.
How then can those who are waiting for the Bridegroom in all sincerity be sure of which is the fig tree which signals the coming of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ?The principle of parallelism will help in the identification of that crucial "fig tree" since the events associated with the First Coming are parallel to those of the Second Coming.
For example, in the era of His Second Coming His Mystical Body must be crucified, just like His Physical Body was. The same principle demands a third manifestation of Elijah - this time, as one of the Two Witnesses to prepare the way for His return. (The second manifestation having been John the Baptist [Rev. 11:3-6; Malachi 3:1-2, etc.])
A crucial question arises then: Who makes up this Mystical Body?
He who listens to the Word of God, assimilates It and lives It, allows the Word to "become flesh" again in his own body. Thus, all who try to live His Word and succeed in some measure, become real and tangible members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Word Incarnate, in the measure they have tried and not in the measure they have succeeded.
On the Responsibility for the Crucifixion of Jesus
At the time when Our Lord Jesus Christ walked among us there were basically four categories of people:(1) The Roman Imperial rulers;Meditating on the Holy Scriptures one can see that:
(2) The established Church of that time with the Elders, Priests, Pharisees, Scribes, etc. steeped in high profiled, restrictive and elaborate rituals which by then had become devoid of any real connection with God;
(3) The sinners -- prostitutes, tax collectors, etc.; and
(4) The masses, whose loyalty, like today, could be easily swayed because they did not have a firm anchor: the knowledge of God.(a) Imperial Rome was not threatened by Jesus Christ - He was willing to give Caesar what was Caesar's. In spite of Pilate's evil reputation, he made a great effort to avoid crucifying Our Lord. He, a pagan, even proclaimed Jesus Christ as the King of the Jews with a rustic sign on the Cross; a sign which he would not change in spite of the insistence of the Religious Leaders.That leaves one single group; the most unlikely one...
(b) The established sinners of then, like those of today, when they heard the true Word of God were moved to conversion. There is no record of a prostitute or a tax collector trying to harm Our Lord for calling all to conversion.
(c) The masses, like they still do, wanted their physical ailments healed and their empty stomachs filled. They favored Our Lord until they were incited against Him.
(d) The insecure, dictatorial, ritual-laden and arrogant elements within the Religious Ruling Class of the time.Neither the Romans, nor the sinners, nor the "Jews", nor the levelheaded elements within the Religious Ruling Class caused the crucifixion of Our Lord.
His crucifixion was caused precisely by the controlling fanatic elements within the Religious Ruling Class of the time. They were violating every Divine Teaching, in spite of having been charged to serve God, and in spite of vehemently proclaiming they were doing so. Our Lord pointed this out many times to them. They were not willing to give God what was God's: Obedience and Loyalty; they had their own agenda to fulfill instead. These religious fanatics were no different than those who masterminded and fueled the Inquisition from the very Chair of St. Peter.
How will the Crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ come about? It will manifest itself as a brutal persecution of the true people of God.
The key to the understanding this document is the realization that a saint is not made overnight and that people have to be helped with love and compassion in this journey. Sin, is sin. That is not negotiable; however, we must emulate the father of the prodigal son: "...his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck and kissed him" [Luke 15:20]
We are already seeing all the parallels to the setting that led to the First Coming and the Crucifixion of His Physical Body. For example--
(a) The Roman Empire equivalent, the governments of some of the most Industrialized Nations of the world (i.e. members of the European Union), are attempting to lead the people back to a more compassionate oriented society, one step at a time. Mistakes are made and errors are being committed because they lack the necessary spiritual formation.
In spite of their attempts, misguided as they may be at times, they are being attacked mercilessly by the religious zealots of today who demand "instant sanctity". Is this what Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us?
(b) Hardened sinners, young and old alike, are most attentive to the Word of God when is delivered without duplicity. They are thirsting for it, yet, they will not enter a House of Worship. Why?
(c) The masses, as long as they are fed and think that they are being healed, go along with whoever is dispensing the temporal conveniences, including the psychosomatic conveniences.(d) Some elements among the Religious Rulers of today, be they Christians, Moslems, or Jews, are themselves fanning the flames of anti-religion by their obstinate and fanatical intransigence. This intransigence takes the form of demanding instant sainthood from those who have become lost -- precisely as the result of the abysmal failures of organized religion (any organized religion).
It is imperative that we open our spiritual eyes and see how close we are to the Crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. No one can stop it, for it is written in Scripture and it must come to pass. However, in our hands rest the power to reduce the suffering by helping our brethren in the journey "home" to the Father. The pathway to the Kingdom of God is paved with love, compassion and charity, and not with intransigence and condemnation.
H.H. John XXIII clearly reminded the world of the right path and what to avoid when he said:"Our daily, unavoidable and indispensable duty leads us step by step towards a more perfect resemblance with Jesus Christ. We cannot do this in any other way, by facile enthusiasm, or by a fanaticism which, even if innocent, is always harmful."Sin, is sin and it is not negotiable, but we must love the lost sheep back home. The way of love is the only way to bring the sheep safely home to God.
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