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Jesus and the Authorities.

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Jesus and the Authorities. As Jesus' popularity grew, the political and religious authorities began to fear him. They knew he could easily organize his followers and start a rebellion against their authority. Spies were sent to watch Jesus and report his every activity. Jesus was preaching at a time when the slightest hint of a rebellion could result in immediate death by the command of the puppet king, Herod. Herod ruled Judea for the Roman's. If there was an uprising in Judea then the Roman Governor would find out and Herod's life could be at risk. Herod didn't want to up set the Roman Governor by any means. For this reason if there was the slightest stir in the Jewish Kingdom the problem had to be found and stopped immediately. This happened with John the Baptist who was beheaded by Herod, for his largely political opposition. Herod knew that Jesus had power. This was evident by the crowds that gathered frequently to watch Jesus preach and heal. ...read more.

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This must of scared the authorities a great deal. Who is this Jesus? Some people thought he was a troublemaker, and to the authorities of the time he was. People often overlook the fact that Christ could of caused any type of trouble to anyone else. Normal people would of also of been shocked by Jesus' words and actions. "Love your neighbour as yourself." If someone came along and challenged everything that you have always believed, it would be hard to take in. Faithful Jews must have felt shocked when Jesus said that sinners and prostitutes would go into the kingdom of God before them. This caused a stir, many people believed and followed Jesus while others were unsure about his teachings, and this caused tension. This tension didn't go unnoticed by the political and religious authorities of the time. They knew something must be done about this man who was causing such a disturbance. Jesus chose the time of the pass over to enter Jerusalem. ...read more.

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His very name means 'carrier of the sword'. The authorities must of welcomed Judas with open-arms. He held the very piece of information, which they believed, could save them from an uprising, Jesus' whereabouts. The Jewish authorities believed their religion, Judaism, was perfect. Why was someone coming along and causing such controversy? Why were people starting to believe this strange man who suddenly appeared from Capernaum? I believe Jesus' whole existence was meant to cause a stir, make people reconsider their actions. The only way Jesus could get noticed was to hit back at the very root of the problem in Israel, the Jewish authorities and their dated views on how a race should act. By challenging the authorities Jesus must of known that this would directly cause a stir and cause normal people to notice him too. Was it all part of Gods plan, for Jesus to die? It was more likely that the leaders of time, as in today's society, couldn't handle change, especially if the change involved sacrificing their position of authority. If someone challenges the authorities they are always made to pay, and Jesus paid with his life. ...read more.

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