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Jesus speaks to large crowds in Jerusalem

Jesus Preaches in the TempleJERUSALEM, APRIL, AD 27

The long-awaited public appearance of Jesus and his twelve apostles has taken place this Passover. The men began their teaching of the “kingdom of heaven” in the temple here, sometimes being forced by the size of the crowds to move outside. The message of Jesus professes that all may enter the “kingdom” through faith, and become “sons of God.” Love seems to be the most important rule prescribed, and Jesus recommends loving one’s neighbor as one’s self. Finally, the teaching declares that obedience to the “will of the Father” and “yielding the fruits of the spirit” are the laws of the kingdom.

Annas snubs new leader

Jesus made a very brief visit to Annas, the high priest emeritus of the Sanhedrin. Reportedly, Annas was cold and distant to the upstart from Nazareth, prompting Jesus to take quick leave of the most powerful man in all Jewry. Jesus was overheard saying to Annas as he left: “Fear is man’s chief enslaver and pride his great weakness; will you betray yourself into bondage to both of these destroyers of joy and liberty?” Annas made no comment. Notwithstanding the strong rejection of the Sanhedrin and its leaders, the message of the Master and his apostles seemed to impress the people. Some traveled from distant points of the empire for the Passover and have heard Jesus speak. Many have declared their intention of spreading the “good news” about the new teaching.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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