Jesus and the people of his time

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Jesus and the people of his time

  1. 1. Jesus and the People of His Time Entering into the Mystery of Christ
  2. 2. Rubbing elbows with the Big-J <ul><li>Jesus encountered various people; he did not limit himself to a certain group of people only </li></ul><ul><li>All levels of society: rich & poor, powerful & weak, pious & sinful </li></ul><ul><li>By studying Jesus’ encounter with these people we can understand better his unique challenge to each of them and to each of us! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Big-J criticizes Pharisees ’ teachings ( Mt. 23:27) <ul><li>“separate ones” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different from all who cared less about the law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The holy ones of Israel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Few of them are really good </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Pharisees were an influential lay movement </li></ul><ul><li>Strict observance of God’s law </li></ul><ul><li>Big J rebuked: letters of the law vs. spirit of the law </li></ul>
  4. 4. Big-J criticizes Pharisees ’ teachings ( Mt. 23:27)
  5. 5. Big-J corrects the Sadducees about Resurrection ( Mk 12:25-27) <ul><li>“ chief priests, elders and scribes” or “leaders of the people” </li></ul><ul><li>Rejected the teaching on Resurrection & angels (Lk. 20:27-44) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accepted only the 5 orig. books of OT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Big J asserts: He is the authoritative teacher of the Scripture. Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because he is the fulfillment of Scripture </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Big-J corrects the Saduducees about Resurrection ( Mt. 23:27)
  7. 7. Big-J eats with Tax Collectors <ul><li>“ publicans” </li></ul><ul><li>Abused their power by bribing people and imposing extremely high tax rates to enrich themselves </li></ul><ul><li>“ public sinners” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew, the apostle was a tax collector </li></ul><ul><li>Zacchaeus, chief tax collector </li></ul>
  8. 8. Big-J eats with Tax Collectors
  9. 9. Big-J chooses a Zealot for a disciple <ul><li>Fanatical zeal for the Torah and God’s direct sovereignty and kingship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thought that the Messiah would be a Davidic type of military leader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planned an armed overthrow of the Romans </li></ul><ul><li>Simon the apostle was a Zealot </li></ul>
  10. 10. Big-J chooses a Zealot for a disciple
  11. 11. Big-J shows compassion for the Samaritans <ul><li>Half Jews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intermarried with Pagans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Samaritans and Jews are very hostile to one another </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus always associated himself with the outcasts (the “little ones” or the “lost sheep”) of the society </li></ul>
  12. 12. Big-J shows compassion for the Samaritans
  13. 13. The Big-J & a People Longing for a Messiah <ul><li>Every Jew longed for a Messiah </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Someone who would end their suffering & oppression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Someone like Moses, a new high priest, a military leader to overthrow Romans, a Davidic King to restore the Kingdom to its former glory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No one even imagined that the Messiah would be the Divine Son of God Himself! </li></ul><ul><li>Jews did not recognize their own Messiah; the Savior of the World for all time </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Debate <ul><li>Is Jesus the Messiah? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Can’t the Jews believe? </li></ul>

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