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With reference to Luke chapter 23. V1-5. Explain how Jesus words and actions could have been interpreted as subverting our nation?

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With reference to Luke chapter 23. V1-5. Explain how Jesus words and actions could have been interpreted as subverting our nation? There were three main charges made against Jesus at the trials. Firstly that Jesus was subverting the Jewish nation. The religious leaders thought of this in terms of preventing the nation from their own brand of Judaism. Either of his perverting the nation from the true doctrine of Moses and the prophets or by spreading among them new notions, and false principles of religion. However, this charge is not really central to Pilate, since he is not a Jew. This would be interpreted as subverting the nation as Jesus would appear to be rebelling against the current laws and religious ideas by introducing his own. Secondly, Jesus was accused of denying the Romans of their taxes. "He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar." This charge concerning the poll tax is patently false, as 20:25 has already shown. But the charge is clever, because Pilate's major political responsibility is the collection of taxes for Rome. ...read more.


Pilate was compelled to take notice of this charge else he himself would be accused of allowing a political threat against the Romans to withstand. As Guy suggests Jesus did not mean Kingdom of God as an earthly one but a spiritual one. Here Jesus' action implies that he is confirming the charges regardless of how he himself interprets. "I find no basis for a charge against this man" Evaluate the importance of these words for an understanding of Luke's Gospel Luke records Pilate as saying categorically "I find no basis for a charge against this man" (23:4). . When Pilate discovers that Jesus is Galilean, he sends Jesus over to Herod. He lets the Jewish ruler decide the matter and instead allows him to make all the hard decisions. After Jesus had been sent to Herod and returned before Pilate, Jesus' enemies are told: "You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. ...read more.


Jesus is the real judge throughout the trials. God is putting his people to the test by seeing their reactions to his son. Their rejection of him is their rejection into the Kingdom of God. It is important to note that the statements made by Pilate are only to be found in Luke's Gospel. M. Dibelius argues that Luke associates the death of Jesus with the motif of an innocent martyr. This is found to such an extent that even the ruler Pilate appears to sympathise with him even though he would have been particularly concerned about Jesus as a political threat. Here it may prove useful to note that Luke is writing most likely for the gentiles thus this Lukan emphasise will appeal to his audience. In conclusion it is important to evaluate the importance of the words said by Pilate as we can understand Luke's gospel more fully. By analysing the distinct Lukan themes within this chapter we can understand how Luke wanted to depict Jesus. Jesus' innocence confirms that Jesus died as a martyr because the shadow of our sins have overridden the need for justice and acceptance of Jesus as the Son of Man. ...read more.

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