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50. Pharisees Try to Arrest Jesus.

Jesus did not take orders from his brothers but always followed the will of the Spirit. He had to face the hatred of those in the world who were selfish and ignorant, for he had exposed the negativity of their actions. When a Samaritan village would not welcome him, he also had to assuage the anger of James and John who wanted to use power to bring vengeance upon them. Jesus, refusing to entertain their negativity, merely moved on.

At the religious festival in Jerusalem there were debates about Jesus, even though a mood of hostility from the Jewish authorities threatened them. Jesus taught openly in the temple area, declaring that these teachings were not his personally but that they were spiritual teachings from God which he was sent to deliver. Whoever does the will of God will understand these teachings. Jesus was not promoting himself but the glory of God.

Even though Moses taught them the law, they were not living in accordance with it; some were even trying to kill him. He was aware of it, and many of the Jews recognized that this was true. Jesus asked them why they condemned him for healing on the Sabbath when often religious practices such as circumcision were performed on a Sabbath to fulfill the law of Moses. Jesus advised them not to condemn or judge superficially by appearances but rather to evaluate accurately. Judgment itself is really not so bad if it is accurate, but misjudging based on inadequate and limited awareness can cause problems.

Some began to wonder if he was the Christ, but they thought they knew where he was from; yet Jesus explained that he was sent to them from that which is true. Also he would only be with them physically a short time before he was to return to the one who sent him, but this they did not understand either.

Harmony 50 * Synthesis 50
51. Jews Argue about the Christ Harmony 51 * Synthesis 51 * Interpretation 51