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The motives which lead to Jesus’ arrest and subsequent death

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By Catherine The motives which lead to Jesus' arrest and subsequent death During Jesus' life he became enemies with many religious figures, and other people of authority, the main groups he fell out with were the Sadducees, Pharisees, Scribes, Chief Priests. These people disagreed with his teachings as they went against what they believed, some also feared him because the crowds liked what he was teaching. Jesus' teachings were often very controversial, and this is shown in numerous stories where it specifically says who he upset, and what their reactions were to him. This is shown in the passages below: In (Mark 3:1-6) Jesus heals a man with a paralysed hand, this angered people because it broke the Sabbath law of not working on the Sabbath. He also did this healing miracle in the synagogue, which irritated the Pharisees even more. It says in this passage that the Pharisees went out to plot with the Herodians how to kill Jesus after they saw this. In (Mark 12:37b-40) Jesus warns the people about the scribes and their evils, the Teachers of the Law (Scribes) were angry about this because they thought that the people should respect them, and Jesus was therefore undermining their authority. It is unclear however what actions they took about this. In (Mark 12:18-27) ...read more.

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this shows that the trial must have been during the night. 4. The witness's evidence should be held the day before the trial. The bible is unclear as to whether the witness's evidence was heard before the trial, but it isn't mentioned. 5. The evidence of at least two witnesses had to be exactly the same. (Mark 14:56) shows that this did not happen because it says "many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree". 6. The case for the defence had to be heard. No where in Mark's gospel does it show any case for the defence being heard, but in (Mark 14:55) it says "they were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death." 7. The accused person could not be asked a question which would show they were guilty. (Mark 14:61) shows that this happened, because it says the high priest asked Jesus " Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?" 8. Each member of the Sanhedrin had his verdict separately, starting with the youngest person and ending with the oldest. It is unclear whether or not this happened, but it is unlikely as it isn't mentioned anywhere, and no other rules seem to have been followed. 9. A verdict had to be reached in the daytime. ...read more.

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Jesus dying for us also shows us that we are reconciled with God, and this is important, because if God can forgive us our sins by using such a major sign, then he obviously loves us a great deal. Christians believe that Jesus dying is a sign that God is willing to forgive us for our sins. Evaluation I think that the belief in the resurrection is necessary to be a Christian because of the whole meaning of the resurrection. People that believe in the resurrection believe that Jesus was crucified so that death is no longer the end. He died so that all of mans sins can be forgiven, and that death is actually the start of eternal life. While you can still be a good Christian in the sense of living a good life, and following Jesus' example, you still won't really have a meaning to your life as you'll think that death is the end and might not see the point of living the way Jesus taught. If Jesus had just died his life would have had no meaning, he would not have achieved anything, because his whole life was based on bringing people closer to God, and teaching of the Kingdom of God. If you do not believe in Jesus being resurrected, then you can not believe in the kingdom of God, and its importance. ...read more.

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