The Universes of God II: The Chronicles of Jesus Christ
esus broke the ice; “John the Baptist came neither eating fine foods nor drinking, and you called hima devil. And here I am drinking and eating freely with you; no doubt you’d say I’m a glutton and an
the friend of tax collectors
and all the sinners.”
As the servants served, hearty laughter echoed of the walls as they laughed with him.
Ruben tapped his cup and said, “Welcome to our home, for we know you’re sent from God. We
respect your tremendous achievements, but this caucus between us can end, and should end, for we desirepeace with you. Common ground is always a good start for any relationship, and this war between us is notgood for you or for us. Many Priests believe on you
all the Pharisees and Sanhedrin aren’t devils p
Nervous laughter broke out as Jesus chucked with them.
“Over four hundred years, this system has worked for Israel without protest, until you and John theBaptist came along…”
“We know you heal on the Sabbath,” Simon interrupted, “and
that can be a small matter with usbecause your Sabbath logic is sound
maybe we are too rigid.
“We were wrong in taking the law too literally. If we’ll concede and change our stance toaccommodate that, will you publically concede that you’re not the Son of God? I’m guaranteeing that
positive report will force the High Priest to accept and prove you. Jesus, we
iron out our differences,
today; what do you say?”
“I will not.”“Just listen before you decide, for it’s not about you personally, but it’s
the lack of rigidity in your
teachings that make them nervous. We can’t know God without the law, and The One himself has given usthe law for that purpose. Are you’re incapable of compromise or negotiation for the good of the nation?“The power you possess is miraculous and none can deny that. We’re trying to extend the olive
to make peace. If you call yourself anything but the Son of God, you can become great Jesus
ben Joseph, and take all Israel with you. We’ll stand in a thousand synagog
ues giving your praise andsupport.
“The only judge is the law, for without the law we’d be nothing but pagans,” Ruben concluded.
“You shouldn’t judge.” Jesus said.
“What! We must judge for we were chosen from all the earth to be his holy nation –
and frankly, if
we’re honest, you are tearing it apart. The Romans search for any weakness for we frighten them –
we are just too many - ten percent of their so-called empire. The Torah, the holy words, is the only thing binding asa people
to be pleasing to God
, to do well, and to be just in the law.”
Jesus didn’t hesitate, “What’s the heart of the law?
Joseph interjected, “You shall love the Lord your God with all thy heart, thy soul and strength. This isthe greatest commandment.”“Uncle, you speak truth, but
there’s another no less great –
you must love your neighbor as
“Who’s my neighbor?” Simon asked…
Suddenly a woman breeched the stone foyer, overturning tables, fighting like a demon, overthrowingwith sheer strength and determination the servants who swarmed to restrain her. A huge servant clutched