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What Did Jesus Preach?

Posted in The Christian Faith by ephebophile on January 28, 2010

I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.

–Napoleon Bonaparte

As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene….No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.

-Albert Einstein

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Nuts and bolts stuff…

Jesus Christ came to earth as a messenger from God the Father:

Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

Jesus did not speak His own words, but the words that the Father gave Him (John 8:38-42; 12:49-50; 14:24).

His message was not, I repeat, not primarily about Himself, but rather the good news that the Father ordered to be announced on earth.

While Jesus Christ was categorically the most important individual ever to walk this earth, the Bible shows clearly that the gospel that Jesus taught was not simply about Himself:

  • And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23)
  • And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)
  • Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
  • [Jesus] said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Luke 4:43)
  • Now it came to pass, afterward, that [Jesus] went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings [gospel] of the kingdom of God. (Luke 8:1)
  • The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. (Luke 16:16-17)

The inspired Word of God makes it abundantly plain:

The “good news” that Jesus Christ brought was about the Kingdom of God!

The “gospel of Jesus Christ” is simply the message of good news that Jesus preached.

Its not a message about Jesus.

It is *not* primarily a message about the events in His life and of His becoming the Savior of the world.

Although it most certainly does include all that,

But if the events of His life are not seen in the proper context, the resulting “faith” will be full of error and ultimately disastrous!

His announcement of “good news”:

what is the very best news that could be heard today?

The good news which the Father gave through Jesus Christ, was about His Kingdom. But what is a kingdom? It is essentially a nation, with all of its citizens, land, and laws, ruled by a government.

In biblical usage, a kingdom can also mean a family from a single parent grown into a nation.

A kingdom has four basic elements:

1) a king, supreme ruler, or governing agent;

2) territory, with its specific location and definite boundary lines;

3) subjects or citizens within that territorial jurisdiction;

4) and laws and a form of government through which the will of the ruler is exercised.

If we ignore any one of these essential elements, we will have a distorted faith & one that will not bring salvation.

If we as believers, hold anything to be dear, its His message from the Father, Prepare yourself for the Kingdom for it is Coming.

We say over and over that Jesus is coming soon… but how many of us are ready, to enter into the kingdom that He will be bringing shortly thereafter?

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  1. gunslingergregi said, on February 9, 2010 at 1:31 am

    ”””””””””The Feminist movement while making many claims about “female empowerment and equality” serves only the purposes of the Welfare state (Marxist!), its social engineers who manage to keep most women under the jackboot of a misandristic, self-absorbed, secular materialistic, government interventionist (be it affirmative action or hyper-divorcisim) victim oriented mindset.

    Oh Save me, Big Brother!
    ””””””’
    The same can be said of jesus. If he would have brought freedom from slavery and death he would have said suicide was ok. Suicide according to the church you go to hell which means a follower of the church can be treated however anyone on this earth wants to treat them and they will just take it. They can’t kill you they can’t die. There is no escape for a believer.

  2. gunslingergregi said, on February 9, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I bring the way the truth and the light and anyone left will be people who actually want to live.

  3. gunslingergregi said, on February 9, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Christ is the devil and evil and controlling and anti-freedom, and manipulative, and coersive, and mean and status mongering, and elite, and non loving unless you are listening and doing what he says. The devil is freedom and accepts people for what they are and accepts everyone into his fold. He accepts all human beings even when they fuck up. Who is it rightfull to worship? Who will actually torment you when you die christ or the devil?
    Who would let you do as you will in heaven christ or the devil?
    People dream about finally having the freedom to be free to do what they want in heaven with christ. Do you think you will actually be allowed to do so?
    The devil lets you do what you want on earth now and let’s you be who you were born to be. Don’t you think that would continue in supposed hell?
    An eternity of punishment for not following the rules of jesus. Can any human being fathom an eternity of punishment?
    I think the labels may have been mixed up and placed on the wrong idols.

    • ephebophile said, on February 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Gunslinger

      “Christ is the devil and evil and controlling and anti-freedom, and manipulative, and coersive, and mean and status mongering, and elite, and non loving unless you are listening and doing what he says.”

      Only a person who doesn’t know Jesus could say a thing like that. Also, being God… the creator of a persons existence, as well as the rest of the universe gives gives Him the right to make the rules. His rules are fair. Actually Christ loved and still loves everyone, especially the sinner. He told his dad, “Forgive them, they don’t understand what they are doing”. So the “Non-loving” charge you made, is a false allegation.

      Please explain how you came to the conclusion of “status mongering”.

      As for anti-freedom, he certainly is not. He has given everyone the ability to do whatever they like. If he was anti-freedom everyone would be robots functioning without free will. The very fact that you can choose to act in ways that are against His Will, shows how much freedom you have.

      And he exercises great restraint in not instantly punishing the wicked. More to the point, he disciplines, those who have chosen to be adopted by him and follow His Will in their lives. Quite often, His closest followers receive instant rebukes or correction.

      Whoever said: you get to do whatever you want in heaven? Hollywood or the Bible?
      The people who dream such dreams, that you mention, are out of touch with the Heaven that the bible describes.

      If you die, having rejected Christ, You will find yourself in judgment.

      Just like a captain on a ship will not tolerate mutiny or rebellion, how much more so for the God of the universe? Hell was not initially meant for humanity. It was created for the angels of heaven who rebelled against him. Humans who choose to follow them, in rebellion will find themselves in the same location.

      “Who will actually torment you when you die christ or the devil?”

      You really think Satan aka Lucifer won’t torture people?
      He will be the most powerful being in Hell. He hates God, and humanity was made in God’s image and likeness. Under his authority, the lesser beings “Humans” will be tortured by him, have no doubt about that.
      OTOH:
      Jesus washed the feet of his followers, setting the example of promoting the welfare of those same humans, at the cost of His own dignity. This after all was God, washing the dust off the feet of humans. If anything He has done anti-torture, while he was healing the blind, deaf, dumb, and ill. He is Mercy in the flesh.

      You fail to realize that the Human Soul is eternal once created. There are only two locations to spend the afterlife.

      Choose wisely in whom you follow. Choose the Creator of existence or choose a rebel leader who was tossed out of heaven, on his ear. If anything choosing to respect the one with the most power… Satan is certainly not ALMIGHTY.

  4. gunslingergregi said, on February 9, 2010 at 2:01 am

    One more item jesus was crucified and suffered a human death and it is looked at as a big deal that he did so. I have been wiilling to die for people on many occasions so does that make me better since I really thought I was gonna die and there was no break in my armor. There was no garden where I asked the cup I was about to drink to be removed by my father. There was only me a real fucking man standing up for others. So that sufering of his was a big deal and set all of mankind free. How about the sufering of one human being who goes to hell?
    Shouldn’t that be enough to let everyone else go to heaven then?

  5. ephebophile said, on February 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Gunslingergregi
    “Suicide according to the church you go to hell which means a follower of the church can be treated however anyone on this earth wants to treat them and they will just take it. They can’t kill you they can’t die. There is no escape for a believer.”

    It is my personal opinion The Church isn’t accurate in the doctrine of “suicide = hell”

    It certainly was not spoken against by Jesus. In fact, Jesus said IT IS BETTER for someone to commit suicide by tying a millstone around one’s neck and jump into the sea then to corrupt innocent people (like children). So thats Jesus himself against the opinion of the church re: suicide.

    Also, its against the character of a merciful benevolent God, to punish the mentally ill.
    If a person has lost their sanity, they are incapable of knowing good or evil in that state. Any action ending in that person ending their own existence, can’t be judged as an act of sin.

    Also,
    I have a cousin who was a preacher, and after a series of tragic events, he snapped.
    He wrote a suicide letter and then blew his heart out with a shotgun. He was dead.
    Later on, His soul entered a kitchen of a family member and was talking with family…
    He said he was sent from heaven with a message of hope for a certain family member.

    So… no… not everyone who dies from suicide goes to hello.


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