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11.03.10 INTENTIONS

Posted under Reflections on March 10th, 2010 by

Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons." Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that (I) drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Lk 11, 15-20)

 

The opponents of Jesus were looking for a hidden truth behind the doings of Jesus. Externally Jesus was casting out demons and they accepted it. But they were reading or putting intentions into it. They could not read the intentions behind it.

The intention behind it is clear when Jesus said: “then the kingdom of God has come upon you”. This was the intention of Jesus and he did not have any need to explain it or give sign from heaven to prove it.

The intentions which the opponents were reading or putting into his actions were: "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons."

Because of this Jesus had to explain saying that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand etc.

The intentions of the doer is important and not the intentions of the viewer. For the doer knows why he does something and for what reason he does it. A viewer can have his own intention and it could be totally different from that of the doer.

Whatever Jesus did was with the intention of bringing in the kingdom.  

10.03.10 FULFILLMENT

Posted under Reflections on March 9th, 2010 by

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place”. (Mt 5, 17-18)

 

Was Jesus a revolutionary or a traditionalist? There were many revolutionaries at the time of Jesus and in the land of Israel. But Jesus was a different sort of a revolutionary.

Yes, Jesus was offering something utterly revolutionary. And he was faithful to it at all costs. But his revolution was not totally different from what the people believed and lived. His revolution was only a fulfillment of all they believed.

He said that he had come to fulfill the law and the prophets. All they believed and all they had longed for, was going to be fulfilled in him. This was truly revolutionary. He was the fulfillment of all their expectation.  Everything was in his own person.

For Jesus revolution was not doing away with the past and all that had gone before, in stead fulfilling everything of the past together with the expectations and hopes of the people.

Revolution is bridging the past with the future at the present. And this is done in the person of Jesus.

 

 

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