BETHSAIDA-JULIAS, MAY, AD 29
Jesus addressed his apostles at length today in a park south of the city. The group of twenty-four is in flight from the officials of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, who seek to arrest Jesus.
Jesus quoted from the Psalms: “Why do the heathen rage and the peoples plot in vain?” Jesus went on to say that the setbacks and persecution of recent weeks validated the Psalmist’s prediction. However, he said “My kingdom is founded on love, proclaimed in mercy, and established by unselfish service.” Jesus stated that loving kindness and forgiveness would be granted his enemies.
Jesus then said: “The outlook of the heathen is small and narrow, they are able to concentrate their energies enthusiastically. Their goal is near and more or less visible; wherefore do they strive with valiant and effective execution.You who have professed entrance into the kingdom of heaven are altogether too vacillating and indefinite in your teaching conduct. The heathen strike directly for their objectives; you are guilty of too much chronic yearning. If you desire to enter the kingdom, why do you not take it by spiritual assault even as the heathen take a city they lay siege to? You are hardly worthy of the kingdom when your service consists so largely in an attitude of regretting the past, whining over the present, and vainly hoping for the future. Why do the heathen rage? Because they know not the truth. Why do you languish in futile yearning? Because you obey not the truth. Cease your useless yearning and go forth bravely doing that which concerns the establishment of the kingdom.”
His final advice was: “The measure of your own righteousness can be gauged by the extent people come to you. The more you must go to them with your message the more it indicates a failure to live the righteous life.”
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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