Rome still rules the shadowy old world order

More than two thousand years ago Rome was master in Jerusalem and did not want someone to take over. For that reason, when they heard a new king was born they had all babies in the aria killed so that no (new) ruler would raise from that generation. When they felt that the Nazarene master teacher also could form a danger for the balance in their reign they followed the advice of the religious leaders who saw a very awkward annoying competitor in that rabbi from Nazareth, who came from the tribe of king David.

Toward the end of the three years that the Nazarene went around preaching and doing miracles, the tension between Jesus and the religious elite grew to a climax. Whenever the occasion presented itself, the Bible teachers and religious leaders of the Jewish community attempted to undermine the self-declared rabbi his teaching, seeking to trap him theologically. But Jesus’ wisdom and knowledge of the Word of God was incredible. Every time they thought they could strick him, or thought they could trap him Jesus his responses revealed errors in their thinking or interpretation of God’s Word. More than once he revealed the flaws in their arguments, trapping them.
Figuratively, Jesus managed to undress them in public, which was not so good for these teachers who loved to have such higher esteem among the people. Anger and jealousy grow inside them, making them to find a solution to get rid of him as soon as possible.

The master teacher knew the danger and told his pupils that the days were going to come upon them, when their enemies were going to set up a barricade around them and surround them and hem them in on every side and tear them down to the ground, not only them but also their children within them. Jesus warned them that they will not leave one stone upon another in his followers, because they did not know the time of their visitation (Luke 19:41-44).

Some 2 000 years ago Jesus got a triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which was an inconspicuous event for the rulers, who saw in this a danger that that rabbi would be elevated to the new leader.

The crowds and children cried  out

9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of יהוה; Hosanna in the highest. (Matt 21:9, NRKJV)

Jesus triumphal entry on a donkey in Jerusalem while crowds greeted him triumphantly, throwing cloaks and palm branches on the ground in front of him.

At the time before the most important Jewish festival, the crowd uses a verse which was sung in solemn procession round the altar at the feast of Tabernacles and on other occasions.  The greater part of the crowd spreading their garments and holding up palm branches in the way like it was already done previously in similar acts of respect shewn to Rabbis by their disciples (See Schöttgen, ad loc.) made this time the leaders to be on alert. This time because the religious leaders not at all being pleased by the recognition of this rebellious rabbi.

We also have to see that situation in the strong expectations of that time, many looking for a liberator of the yoke of the Romans. Many expected this Jesus to deliver them from their Roman oppressors in keeping with their Messianic expectations. Like his disciples, they had no idea that Jesus would bring peace and justice paradoxically through the Roman symbol of oppression — the torture stake. In less than a week from that entrance day (known in several Christian denominations as Palm Sunday), Jesus would bear nail marks in his hands, which he after his resurrection showed to his disciples to prove he is not a spirit like his heavenly Father is Spirit.

For the religious leaders and the Roman Reign, it was a victory. But soon another tread would come upon them by the formation of a new Jewish sect The Way. It seemed that fast after the resurrection of that prophet Jesus, so many things he had warned became true and incredibly his disciples after they received the Holy Spirit were not afraid any more to come out to tell others what they believed.

At that time was told that someone would come in God’s Name. Then, the same as now, many would not believe that. Also today there are still lots of priests and pastors, who claim to be Christians, who still not accept that Jesus is the Son of David,

the one coming in the Name of YHWH {Matthew 21:6-9 NC}

By high and low, they continue to claim that Jesus is God in person and not the sent prophet and authorized of God.

The Hebrew identity was very important in the beginning of the Jewish sect The Way and as such, they encountered many questions and problems when goyim wanted to join their movement. Having their group opening to non-Jews did not mean they would come to worship other gods nor would do away with their God given set apart or holy days.

The teaching that love and mercy are more important than technical adherence to the Law became one of the main factors in the organisation of the group. In such way that it became a thorn in the eyes of the Jewish religious leaders again, because such understanding between different people took away the internal battles of the different religious opinions and made them also to acceding to the political leaders.

The sent one from God , the son of man and son of God was God’s gift of salvation in person, but today lots of people, even a lot calling themself Christian, do not value his sacrificial offering. The majority of Christians have made that man of God in their god, instead of recognising what this man has done for humanity. Still, the gift of God’s Son, his appeal to mankind to accept God His mercy through His Son, falls in deaf ears.

Although there was a celebration on that day about 2000 years ago, ultimately it would come out that the nation had missed the opportunity to receive properly their King that God was offering to them …. and 2000 years later they still miss the boat.

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Find also to read

  1. Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:41-50 – Twelve Year Old Jesus in the Temple
  2. Matthew 9:32-34 – How others look at the blind, speechless and demoniac being healed
  3. Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men
  4. Matthew 21:1-3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Sent Ahead for a Donkey
  5. Matthew 21:4-5 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Your King Is Coming upon a Donkey
  6. Matthew 21:6-9 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Blessed the One Coming in God’s Name!
  7. Matthew 21:10-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Who Is This?
  8. Matthew 21:12-14 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Temple Cleansed
  9. Matthew 21:12-14 – From a den of thieves to a house of prayer
  10. Matthew 21:15-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Out of the Mouth of Babes
  11. Matthew 21:15-17 – those yelling Hosanna to the Son of David!
  12. 10 Nisan An entrance for a king
  13. Entrance of a king to question our position #1 Coming in the Name of the Lord
  14. Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
  15. Multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David
  16. God’s Face shining on His servant
  17. Matthew 20 Are you willing to work for Jesus?
  18. Sukkoth, Gog, Magog, Armageddon, a covenant and Jerusalem

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    At the time of Jesus the Jews lived as a conquered people under the Roman empire. Their history of occupation by Rome was pockmarked with intermittent periods of revolt and bloodshed. Political resistance movements and apocalyptic religious groups were common. By and large, the mainstream of the Jewish people experienced an uneasy peace with the occupiers; they were permitted to worship God and follow the Law without being required to participate in the imperial cults, provided they pay their taxes and not cause too much trouble.
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    Toward the end of the three years, the tension between Jesus and the religious elite is like static in winter, sparking every time you make contact with metal. These priest and bible teachers regularly attempt to undermine his teaching, seeking to trap him theologically. But Jesus’ wisdom is unparalleled, his responses revealing errors in their thinking. Often he reveals the flaws in their arguments, trapping them! Anger and jealousy grow inside them, and they secretly plot to eliminate him.
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    Jesus wasn’t a warlord king, he was a king who had come to serve, to give his life. In contrast to the narcissistic, power-hungry rulers so prevalent in their day and ours, the one true king shows us that godly leadership is humble.
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