Jesus man in danger

Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:25 administrator

Isaiah in his greatest prophecy described the torments, physical and spiritual of Jesus.

Isaiah 53:3

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:7-8

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:8
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

The life of the Holy messiah, specially after his proclamation to be the Savior was consistently in danger.

Luke 4:18-30

The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luke 4:19
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luke 4:20
20 And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Luke 4:21
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Luke 4:22
22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

Luke 4:23
23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

Luke 4:24
24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Luke 4:25
25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

Luke 4:26
26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, [a city] of Sidon, unto a woman [that was] a widow.

Luke 4:27
27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

Luke 4:28
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

Luke 4:29
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

Luke 4:30
30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

From the very beginning of His mission His personal life was in danger, when He declared openly His purpose the powers of the darkness begun to fight to death.

Because of that He had to act with astuteness and caution.  All the true prophets were murdered coldly.

Matthew 23:34-35

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and [some] of them ye shall kill and crucify; and [some] of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute [them] from city to city:

Matthew 23:35
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Surely that one was a great warning for Him, but He protect Himself to bring His mission to the end.

Let's analyze His behavior and we will see that He had to use tricks and even lies to avoid that His life was taken before time.

Matthew 8:19-20

And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Matthew 8:20
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.

We know that until he started His mission He lived with His mother and brothers and sisters, surely Joseph died before or at least at the very beginning because he never was mentioned, even though being named like the son of the carpenter could seem that at that point the father could have been alive. It is clear from the verse above quoted that after His declaration to be  the Messiah, he had to move around to preach and also because he didn't want to give a sure point of  reference.

We will see that at the beginning, leaving aside His mother, no one else believed in Him.

Not only He knew that one of His personal disciples would have betrayed Himself.

Matthew 26:25

Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

How sad should have been His experience, He was bringing the salvation and not only He should be careful from the enemies, but even from His personal friends.

When He sent His disciples in the world, He gave them wise instructions, because He was aware that them could face the same problems.

Matthew 10:11

And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

Matthew 10:16-21

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Matthew 10:17
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

Matthew 10:18
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Matthew 10:19
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Matthew 10:20
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

Matthew 10:21
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death.

The picture given from Jesus gives a very good idea of how much He was aware of the real danger that Him and His disciples could have.

Matthew 13:1-2

THE same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

Matthew 13:2
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Even this seems to be a very good idea to avoid to be taken or surrounded from enemies. In fact  we note that He landed only when He was aware that who was looking for Him needed His help.

Matthew 14:12-14

And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

Matthew 14:13
13 ¶ When Jesus heard [of it], he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard [thereof], they followed him on foot out of the cities.

Matthew 14:14
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

That He was aware  that even in His own family there was someone against Him is clear from His phrase.

Matthew 13:57

And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

And from His personal behavior when He was going to partake His last supper.

John 7:3-10

His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.

John 7:4
4 For [there is] no man [that] doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.

John 7:5
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

John 7:6
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.

John 7:7
7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

John 7:9
9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode [still] in Galilee.

John 7:10
10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

In that special occasion He had taken all precautions, nothing should go wrong, all was well programmed.

The apostles asked in Luke 22:8-10

And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat.

Luke 22:9
9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?

Luke 22:10
10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.

This fact , regarding a man bearing a pitcher of water, is better understood if you   understand this: The city of Jerusalem was full of His enemies, the secrecy for an event like the last supper, followed from His atonement, was extremely necessary. The man bearing the pitcher of water was a signal for the disciples, they could trust on this guy, at that time it was a custom for the Jews that only the women carried pitcher of water, so if they they would have found a man doing that they would have been sure that that guy was somebody that knew the plan of Jesus and He could be trusted from them. The enemies of Jesus had a great problem, usually they didn't know His face, at that time there were not the pictures. At that time you should have confidence with people to recognize him, otherwise it would have been very hard, further you should consider that Jesus during the three years of His minister was traveling a lot so people didn't see Him often, aside His disciples. It was for this specific reason that the Pharisee needed to be addressed from the kiss of the traitor. It is true that Jesus had spoken often with scribes and Pharisee, but it is still true that surely they were not the same persons but every time they were just different people in different towns.

Probably H He had a pacific life until He didn't declare His real mission, but after that the terrible fate that was a destiny for all the prophets of God came upon Him. The prophet Joseph Smith had a same problem, he was persecuted, beaten,and at the end killed. Surely we can't compare Jesus to Joseph Smith, but surely we can compare Joseph to the other prophets because he had the same death and He sealed his testimony with the blood,.

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