PELLA, MARCH, AD 30
As word of the resurrection of Lazarus spreads throughout Palestine, the differences between the followers of Jesus and those who seek his death are clearly defined. The Sanhedrin has officially formulated charges to justify the death decree that was proposed after the Bethany miracle:
1. Jesus is a friend of publicans and sinners; he receives the ungodly and the heathen and even eats with them.
2. Jesus is a blasphemer; he declares himself to be the Son of God, and he believes he is equal with God.
3. Jesus breaks the Sabbath by healing and other activities, and in other ways flouts the sacred law of Israel.
4. Jesus is in league with devils. He does wonders and miracles by the power of the prince of devils.
Defenders of Jesus point to the fragrance of his personality and charm, to his good deeds and his profound sayings. Some have said the Sanhedrin’s main concern is the threat that Jesus poses to their power and their revenue.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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