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    THE CHRIST AND OLD COVENANT OF PROMISE PART 2

     
    The Lord Jesus Christ Temptation by the Devil: For every Christian who thinks Christianity comprises of a bed of roses, kindly take heed or else you may fall; if our Lord Jesus Christ can be tempted by the Devil, you too are also subject to temptation. “Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit into the desert, where he was tempted by the Devil for forty days. In all that time he ate nothing, so that he was hungry when it was over. The Devil said to him, ‘If you are God’s Son, order the stone to turn into bread.’ But Jesus answered, ‘The scripture says, ‘Man cannot live on bread alone.’ Then the Devil took him up and showed him in a second all the kingdoms of the world. ‘I will give you all this power and all this wealth.’ The Devil told him. ‘It has all been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I choose. All this will be yours then, if you worship me.’ Jesus answered, ‘the scriptures says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’ ... ‘They will hold you up with their hands so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.’ But Jesus answered, ‘The scripture says, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ When the Devil finished tempting Jesus in every way, he left him for a while.” Luke 4” 1 – 13.
    vi. The Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ: Like the Lord Jesus Christ, every believer must have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, a humble beginning, even faced rejection and acceptance. In what the Good News titles, Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth, we have, “Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures and handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.’ Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him, as he said to them, ‘This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read. They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke. They said, ‘Isn’t he the son of Joseph?’ He said to them, ‘I am sure that you will quote this proverb to me, ‘Doctor, heal yourself.’ You will also tell me to do here in my home town the same things you heard were done in Capernaum. I tell you this,’ Jesus added, ‘a prophet is never welcomed in his home town. Listen to me: it is true that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three and a half years and a severe famine spread throughout the whole land. Yet Elijah was not sent to anyone in Israel, but only to a widow living in Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. And there were many people suffering from a dreaded skin-disease who lived in Israel during the time of the prophet Elijah; yet not one of them was healed, but only Naaman the Syrian.’ When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were filled with anger. They rose up, dragged Jesus out of the town, and took him to the top of the hill on which their town was built. They meant to throw him over the cliff, but he walked through the middle of the crowd and went his way.” Luke 4: 16-30.
    vii. Lucifer the Devil and His Cohorts Recognize the Messiah: That anybody who fails to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, as the Jewish authorities did, does so at his or her own peril. For their own interest, they should know even the Devil and his cohorts paid obeisance to the Lord Jesus Christ! “Thereafter, he went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee and taught the people on the Sabbath where they were all amazed because he taught and spoke with authority. As one of the notable miracles he performed in his early ministry, we have, “In the synagogue was a man who had the spirit of an evil demon in him; he screamed out in a loud voice, ‘Ah! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Are you here to destroy us? I know who you are; you are God’s holy messenger!’ Jesus ordered the spirit, ‘Be quiet and come out of the man!’ The demon threw the man down in front of them and went out of him without doing him any harm. The people were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What kind of words are these? With authority and power the man gives orders to the evil spirits, and they come out!’ And the report about Jesus spread everywhere in that region.” Luke 4: 33 - 37.
    THE HIGH PRIEST CAIAPHAS’ CHARGES AGAINST THE CHRIST PART ONE: “How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You lock the door to the Kingdom of heaven in people’s faces, and you yourselves don’t go in, nor do you allow in those who are trying to enter! Because of this your punishment will be all the worse. How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourselves are. … How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give to God a tenth even of the seasoning herbs such as mint, dill, and cumin but you neglect to obey the important teaching of the Law such as justice and mercy and honesty, without neglecting the others. (Kindly take judicious note the Lord Jesus Christ was actually addressing the Judaic-Practitioners, we mean, the teachers of the Law and Pharisees the custodians of the Law and not, we repeat, not the Christians!) Blind guides! You strain a fly out of your drink but swallow a camel! How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate while the inside is full of what you have obtained by violence and selfishness. Blind Pharisees! Clean what is inside the cup first, and then the outside will be clean too! How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but are full of bones and decaying corpses on the inside. In the same way, on the outside, you appear good to everybody but inside you are full of hypocrisy and sins.” (Emphasis ours) Matthew 23: 13-28.
    As stated in the quoted excerpt was the prevailing volatile terrain and condition in the nation of Israel at the times of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Christ being the High Priest in the order of Melchidezek in the current dispensation of the tenet of the New Covenant of Grace took the teachers of the Law and Pharisees in the Aaronic order in the aegis of the Old Covenant of Promise head-long. Without mincing words, the High Priest Caiaphas highlights those salient facts in his Report to the Sanhedrin as herein highlighted. Our recommendations therefore is for our fellow-humanity to carefully study the First and Second Reports of the High Priest for better understanding of the issues at stake and beginning with the First Report, we have,
    i. The High Priest First Report to the Sanhedrin: In the First Report to the Sanhedrin on the alleged offences committed by the Lord Jesus Christ that earned him the recommendation of death sentence to the court of Pontius Pilate, we have, “Caiaphas, priest of the Most High God, to the Masters of Israel, greetings. In obedience to your demands for a reason for my action in the case of Jesus of Nazareth, and in defense of my conduct, I beg leave to submit the following for your consideration: I would assure you that it was not because of personal malice, envy, or hate, that existed in my own nature, nor for the want of a willingness upon my part to conform to the Jewish law in its strictest sense. I had but very little personal knowledge of the Nazarene.
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