The writers of the New Testament claimed:
- that Yeshua Hanotzri was the man chosen from among the people and appointed by God to rule Israel.
- that he represented the true values of God
- that his opponents had judged him by their own false standards
- that he had fulfilled the 'scriptures' predicting his death.
The opponents of Yeshua searched these same 'scriptures' but could not relate the writings to the man.
On the surface, this seems understandable - there were particular and exact statements by the prophets that when the 'anointed' of God appeared, the fortunes of Israel, then at their lowest ebb, would be restored.
But therein lay the basic fallacy! The opponents were relying first on personality, words and events to lead them to their 'messiah' whereas Yeshua's followers relied first upon fundamental values, then adduced words in their support. For them, Yeshua was the 'spiritual' fulfilment of the Israelite hope.
The most important proposition of the New Testament is that Yeshua Hanotzri, a man dead and buried as far as the general population was concerned, had been 'anointed' with the full power of God as God's delegate to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.
The most important lesson of the New Testament is that one should never judge by external appearances. (John 7:24). The Establishment, by concentrating on personality, words and events and ignoring basic values, demonstrated its flawed thinking.
The personality cult of 'Jesus Christ', promulgated by the Christian churches, does not reflect the man, or his mission - it reflects the same attitudes and displays the same flawed thinking as the priests of Jerusalem.
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