Jesus Movement after Jesus Crucifixion



The Apostles were spiritual people who were searching for a righteous life. Jesus crucifixion was heavy on their hearts. They saw how deceptively the Chief Priest distorted the issues and caused an innocent, peaceful, and righteous man to be crucified. Jesus followers thought the Chief Priest had blood on his hands. The Chief Priest was a dirty corrupt pig that had no principals. He was so wicked that they could not call him a Jew, yet alone to be the Chief Priest for the Great Jewish Temple. He would do anything to keep his murderess position.

Now, the Apostles began to reflect where the source of all their problems was. Oh yes, this was what Jesus was preaching to them; follow God's Commandment and cleanse the Great Temple then all your problems will disappear. The Chief Priest was totally out of control, a bunch of corrupt and murderous rabbis were controlling the Jewish Sacred Temple. That was why Jehovah had abandoned the Jews and he was punishing them. The Kingdom of God would not come down until they had cleansed the Great Jewish Temple and correct their own wicked behaviors and fully obey God's Commandments whole heartily.

God would not save them because they did not deserve to be saved. They were tied up in their own ignorance and they had forgotten Jehovah. They had filled themselves with the hatred of the King and the Romans and they had forgotten the Jewish way of Life. The hatred of the King and the Romans had blinded them not to see their own duties toward the Mighty God. God had abandoned them because they had abandoned God's Commandments. It was their own fault that Jehovah had stayed silent!

Jehovah would not intervene to remedy their sufferings because they had failed Jehovah and this is Jehovah himself who was punishing them. They were the chosen people, Jehovah had helped them all through their ancient history. The Apostles remembered how Jehovah had helped Abraham, how Jehovah had helped Jacob, what Jehovah did to Pharaoh, what Jehovah did to Canaanites, and so on. But when the Jews forgot Jehovah's Commandments, they were defeated and became slave under the hand of Nebuchadnezzer, King of Babylon, who on 586 BC destroyed the First Jewish Temple.

The apostle started to realize that Jesus deliberate move against the Chief Priest was to show to the Jews how corrupt the Chief Priest was. And how he had violated the sanctity of the Great Jewish Temple! Those corrupt rabbis they had strayed from Judaism and they had a cozy relation with the Romans who were worshiper of Pagan Gods. This was absolutely unthinkable for Jewish Chief Priest to be silence about the Romans Pagan religious rituals. And this was the Jesus with his absolute devotion to Judaism who spoke out and showed them the Truth. And what happen to him? The monstrous Chief Priest murdered him to preserve his own murderous life.

The more Apostles thought about Jesus self sacrificed and his crucifixion the larger he became in their eyes. A Total Devotion to Judaism without any concern and fear about the safety of his own life. Jesus crucifixion was a glorious death, a sacred Sacrifice for love of God, without committing any violence toward anybody, just sacrificing his live to communicate a very pointed message to enlighten his fellow Jews. In Judaism nothing could top that. This was a glorious Martyrdom which would be admired by all the righteous people. Jesus heroin crucifixion revealed so clearly the mentality of the Chief Priest. His crucifixions proved beyond any doubt the Monstrosity of the Chief Priest. The Apostles reflected if the Chief Priest was this Monstrous then no wonder Jehovah would punish Jews for behaving so wicked and accepting such gross diversion from the Judaism.

Now it became crystal clear to the Apostle what Jesus was trying to preach them; that the Israelites are getting punished not by the Jewish King or by the Romans, but by Jehovah himself. To crystallize Jesus message the Apostles may have made some slogans like this: "Jesus sacrificed his life to save Jewish People, and he showed them the road to salvations." And later on in the Christianity, the statement has been transformed to: "Jesus sacrificed his life, to save the people from their Original Sin."

In this sense Jesus was the savior.

The Apostles gathered around to share this enlighten view, and they started to appreciate Jesus teaching in the view of this new enlightenment. They started a community to share and to debate how to purify their own act and apply and observe God's laws in their own life. They had a common belief in Jesus teaching. All Jesus followers were deeply sincere to follow God's rule and follow Jesus teaching. Jesus followers started a real community of cooperative brotherhood, and sincere to fulfill their Pure Jewish Faith. Such a sincere and cooperative behavior is bond to succeed anywhere, anytime. This is the brotherhood which is preached and it is promised of good life for the devoted members. As a result, this peaceful Jesus lover community grew in size and popularity. Brotherhood and unity it is a prized behavior which produces remarkable result every time that people genuinely have tried it. But unfortunately a lot of times the leaders of such communities get corrupted by the power and they would harm the fate of the community. Since the power produces such destructive temptations it is very hard for any leader to keep their sanity, and stay wise and stable. For the Jesus community, since the leader was already dead there was not such a danger.

Jesus had taught his disciples to obey the King and the Romans. Jesus had included the gentiles in his teaching. Jesus had no ill feeling toward the gentiles. As far as Jesus was concern these gentiles were doing the God's will. They were assigned by God to do what they were doing, so they should not be blamed for the Jews hardships. Jesus' friendship with Levi, the tax collector, does support this point of view. Peter was the leader of the Jesus followers. And later on James, Jesus brother, became prominent leader of the group. This Group was fundamental Jews and they were observing and following the Jewish laws with utmost zeal.

The community showed no ill feeling towards the Jewish King or the Romans, but they had deep hatred and resentment toward the Chief Priest. The community was preaching against the mishandling of the Temple by the corrupt rabbis and violations of God's Commandments. They were condemning the Chief Priest and they were prophesizing according to Jesus; "very soon God will strike down and will destroy the Jewish Temple and the corrupt rabbis, and all the Jews who have forgotten the God's commandments."

God will not allow such corrupt center to take the chosen people out of God's grace. The wrath of God was upon the Great Temple. The Temple authorities were hearing these charges and the rumors from the Jesus community. The accusations and the rumors were undermining the foundations of their authorities. These rumors were very damaging to their prestige and to the legitimacies of their functions. The Temple authorities were trying hard to label the Jesus followers as dangerous and enemy of the state. But the Jewish King and the Romans had nothing against the Jesus followers; they found them very peaceful and harmless. As far as the Jewish King and the Roman's were concern the Jesus followers had done nothing against the government, and they were not even blaming them for the people's miseries. They were harmless fanatic people, and the rulers of the state appreciated their peaceful and submissive view toward the Jewish king and the Romans. However these negative remarks against the Jesus followers did manage to plant an enduring negative and poisonous image in the Romans minds. Romans had experienced difficult hostilities from the Jewish communities. So having these extra demonizing remarks really distorted their view for long time against the Jesus followers. The Romans inflected very savage and heinous atrocities against the peaceful Jesus followers.

For the Temple authorities it was essential to stop these damning rumors. They could not allow these dangerous rumors to undermine their legitimacy. The authority, prestige, reputation of the Chief Priest was on the line and it had to be defended very aggressively. The rumors were exposing Chief Priest's murderous way of life and it was taking roots in the Jewish community. Jesus case was so clear cut which did reveal the mentality of the Chief Priest. Nobody could survive against that kind of rumors. The Jewish King could get away with the murder of John the Baptists, because he was defending his own kingdom and it was not clear that his murder broke any Jewish laws. But in the case of the Jesus murder that was totally different matter, the Chief Priest was the defender of the Jewish Faith and he had to follow the written laws in Torah. The Chief Priest actions could not be that arbitrary, his actions had to comply with Holy Torah. Besides, Jesus mischief against the merchants was a miner crime, he did not insight uprising. So, Chief Priest had a hard case to justify his action for Jesus crucifixions.

To stop the rumor the Chief Priest announced the Jesus followers as heretics, and lunatics who were practicing false doctrine which was very harmful to Judaism and it needed to be destroyed. To achieve the destruction of Jesus movement, he organized some fanatic thugs who would attack Jesus followers and kill them in the name of Jehovah. This is a long and well established tradition in religions! God has given these authorities impunity to commit murder. In these verdicts the religions authorities are the Judge, the Jury, and the Prosecutors. Oh, I forgot; they are allowed to expand the law too! And as long as their interpretations satisfy their own needs, then those are valid interpretations which everybody has to submit to them whole heartily! Such a convenient setup! I do not question the behavior of these religious leaders; they are enjoying a mighty authority. I am questioning the intelligence of the followers; how gullible a person could be to submit to these setups VOLENTEERILY?

Saul was a very smart fanatic activist Jew, who lent his services to the Temple Authority to fulfill the wishes of the Chief Priest. Saul believed his murderous actions against the Jewish community were a mandate from Jehovah to preserve the hierarchy of the Judaism. Jehovah had structured and had established the authority of the Chief Priest, and he was maintaining that order. Saul aggressively pursued the Jesus Followers to kill them and save his beloved Judaism.

Saul was not a murderer person by heart. His murderous actions were purely for his Judaism faith. I think finally his conscious mind was awakened to realize how wrong he had been. Maybe he personally experienced the corruptions of the Temple Authorities himself. Or maybe by pursuing the Jesus followers he learnt how peaceful and pure these people were. By observing the peaceful practices of this Brotherhood community, Saul realized of his murderous actions which had harmed so many innocent and righteous people. Of course Saul claimed that he saw a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus which enlightened him from his wrong doings. I will examine the ramification of that story on the following chapters.

Saul's guilt as a righteous man was unbearable. He had committed many murders against these peaceful and righteous people. Saul felt sorry for his own murderous actions against the Jesus followers. After all this group were preaching peace and purifying themselves and they were in full compliance with the God's Commandments. Jesus followers had done nothing to deserve this severe hatred from Saul and the others. And for whom Saul did those mischiefs? For a Chief Priest who was only interested to secure his own power and Judaism meant very little to him? Saul saw all his efforts to be a righteous man had all been twisted and ruined. Now, he was a damned person with the blood of so many innocent people on his hands.

Paul letter in Philippians reflects his Jewish credentials and his actions against the Jesus followers and somehow defended his past:

Philippians 3:5 I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee 3:6 In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless.

To mend his past wrong doing Saul wanted to join Jesus movement and help those peaceful people in their struggles. Saul also saw an opportunity to expand the success of the Brotherhood community to a bigger crowd. So he changed his name to Paul. But that would not hide his murderous past. Paul was very intelligent man; he knew Jesus followers would look at this move with suspicions. They would think that this was another trick on his part to identify them and to destroy them. Beside, even if he got accepted into the Jesus Community with that murderous past, this would always be his handicap to excel in that group. And he would never be able to achieve a leading role. Paul was quite aware of the fact that the Apostles were well respected within the Jesus community. But none of them had the sophistication to guide the community to be accepted within the Roman society. They were in hiding because of the attacks which were directed by the Chief Priest.

Paul wanted to change all that. Since Paul was quite familiar with other religions, then he used a familiar technique to solve his entire negative image and acquire a prominent position in Jesus Community with a stature of Apostle! Paul manufactured a clever revelation that Jesus had talked to him and had enlightened him on the Road to Damascus. It was true that he had not met Jesus personally like the other Apostles, but now he could claim that he had seen Jesus image after the crucifixion, and that would be very impressive and unique. All followers would be excited to hear him talk about it. And Paul was very happy to oblige.

Acts 9:1 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord's disciples, went to the Chief Priest 9:2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 9:3 As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 9:4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" 9:5 So he said, "Who are you, Lord?" He replied, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 9:6 But stand up and enter the city and you will be told what you must do." 9:7 (Now the men who were traveling with him stood there speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one.)

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