The events of last weekend shook the whole nation, not only Jerusalem the Capital City of Israel.
It had happened at the center stage of the world. The eyes of the best TV stations caught it, and several videos of it were shown on TV.
Jerusalem Xprezz even caught some of the happenings live! I guess that when they heard Jesus say we should head to other branches of The Temple Church (maybe through informants), they went ahead of us to capture some of the drama. Jesus did the same act in those Churches, whipping stupidity out of the people trying to turn the church into a commercial center.
Though we got to some Churches to find them empty; as they likely had gotten wind of Jesus’ coming, and had ended the Service quickly and ran for dear life. Instagram pictures flew all over with all manner of tags.
I also played my part, took many pictures as the event unfolded, uploaded them immediately with wonderful posts to back them up. The Instagram likes grew into hundreds of thousands within hours of upload.
How about YouTube? Several people with their own version of videos that they caught, some showing the Priests as they ran out of their venues at the sight of the belt-whip Jesus had made. Some videos had up to 600 million views as the whole world heard of this remarkable and shocking event. This event generated several trends of discussions on Twitter, as our Ministry handle was tagged in several of those discussions.
Hashtags like #JerusalemBeating, #CrazyJesus and #Whiplash particularly trended for days, with different reactions to His act. This event went well with those that understood the essence of the Gospel, but for those that didn’t, Jesus was heavily criticized. Some even threatened to file law suits.
Other top Priests in the whole of Israel spoke out, some in support, most, against. The foremost Prophet, called John the Baptist, who was Jesus’ Cousin, who also baptized Him and had publicly attested to Jesus as the Saviour of Israel was approached that week and His view was sought.
Rashda Muscopan, a CNN Israel Reporter met John at a Book Launch and asked “Prophet John, I believe uou are well aware of the events of last Sunday, and what it has generated. We know that you are a public supporter of this Jesus whom people call Christ. He seems to fear no man; He calls Jehovah His Father, something that in Jewish laws is considered a taboo.
“His fame has been spreading through the whole world; He has even become more popular than you who used to be the favourite of the Jews. He seems to be doing awesome things but yet stepping on toes along the way, especially with the recent whipping spree around Jerusalem. What will you say Sir?”
“Well,” John responded as he cleared his throat, “I see nothing wrong in what He has done, He is going about His Father’s Business, and that is part of the things He was sent from heaven to do- to clean out all the mess that those brood of vipers and hypocrites called the Pharisees and the entire Sanhedrin have littered the whole place with. The Gospel is not about buying and selling, it’s about pressing people towards the kingdom of God.
That kingdom is closeby now. As for His fame spreading, it only gladdens my heart. No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for Him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit.
The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment. That is all I will say.”
And truthfully, John had spoken the heart of GOD concerning the matter. Gradually, the noise died down. Jesus didn’t even raise an eyelid about it. When I showed Him John’s Interview on YouTube, he only smiled and said “Thanks Christosin, I read it in the papers already. John spoke well.”
We began to prepare for another trip to the Judean region immediately after the Easter. Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem during the Easter celebration, many began to trust in Him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because He knew human nature. No one needed to tell Him what mankind is really like.
After dark one evening, as Jesus relaxed by the poolside in our Jerusalem lodge, John and I were with
Him. A man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee came to speak with Jesus. This man was one of those rich rulers of the Law.
He looked very calm, in his White suit and a shiny purple tie. He had these spectacles with thin lens on. These spectacles nearly fell off his nose as he approached us from the Gate. He seemed to have called Jesus earlier to fix an appointment, as when the Security Guard came to whisper to His ears the presence of a visitor, He quickly said “Oh, Nico! Please let him in”.
Nicodemus settled on one of the seats around us, He looked to be in his late forties. I was playing Temple Run on Jesus’ iPad, with John coaching me closely as the discussion between them began. “Master,” Nico said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot really understand these things. Except you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
John and I looked each other in the eye and quickly adjusted our seats. This looked a discussion we will very much be interested in.
Jesus replied him, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water, hence the Spirit.
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t rxplain how people are born of the Spirit.” “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.
Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?’’
John and I were fully focused and attentive by now. Jesus continued “No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
“Hmmmm” Nicodemus sighed after the words of Jesus. He looked as confused as we were. Then he said “Thank You Master, I really have to leave now. I will go and think on these things”. He took his briefcase, and left. It was almost 9pm then.
The lights all around our big compound gave it such a eonderful beauty. Our dinner was brought to us outside, as the cool breeze was hard to let go of. We had become very quiet since the time Nico left.
We kept rolling those words in our hearts, trying to wrap our heads around the tough saying. Jesus noticed, and as he took the first bite of His Samosa, He spoke “Okay, I know you guys must have been wondering what all those meant, especially when I said a man must be born again. Let me explain.”
He took a sip of His juice as He continued. “You see, through the disobedience of Adam, sin entered into the world, and all men automatically are sinners because of your forefather Adam. Sin brought death.
This death is a spiritual death, which is separation from my Father. The end of this kind of death is utter destruction in hell. Hence, all men born after Adam are considered dead before God.
Therefore, nobody can claim to be God’s child, which is why they criticize me when I say that I am the Son of God. They do not know I am from heaven.” We nodded in agreement, as we began to eat our light dinner too.
He continued “So my Father has sent me to the world to die for the sin of Adam, like I told Nicodemus, and the sign was given when Moses raised up the serpent in the wilderness in the days our people departed from their captivity in Egypt.
At the appointed time, these people you see around now will kill me, and by my death, anyone who believes in that sacrifice, like I told Nico, will not perish, but I will give them eternal life. They will not die anymore; they will live forever, and will be called God’s children.
You remember the other day at Solomon’s Temple when the Jewish Leaders asked me, ‘What are you doing?
If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.’ And I replied ‘All right, drstroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ You remember their response? John immediately said “Very well. When they heard you say that, they exclaimed ‘What! It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?’”
Then Jesus responded to us and said “that day when I said ‘this temple,’ I meant my own body. John, Chris, you know what? Soon, I will die and three days after, I will rise again. Anyone that believes in this will be born a second time, not from their mother’s womb now, but a birth of the spirit, in the spiritual sense, by which they will become God’s children” “Oh ohhhhhhhhh!” John and I chorused at once, as if we were suddenly brought back from the dead.
What He had been explaining to us became very clear in our understanding. It seemed the easiest thing. “So, this birth” he continued again “will be facilitated by the Holy Spirit, that will be given to the world when I am gone. That is why I said that a man will be born of the Spirit.
This becoming of Sons will only be possible when the Holy Spirit is sent into the hearts of men to make them new creations the instant they believe in my work. That is the only way they will be called Sons. This birth will be the placement as sons, which you people normally call adoption, and all these I say again, will only be possible by the Holy Spirit. When they are born, they will be able to see, perceive, and understand clearly the things of the kingdom.
These things, I am revealing to you, I couldn’t have told Nico. You are my Team, you are different. To you, it is given to know the secret things of the kingdom. But to the others, it is not.” He concluded.
There was a few minutes of silence as we brooded over His careful explanation. Then John broke the silence. “But Master, we believe in You, and that You are sent from God. Can’t we be born again now? And, is John’s baptism not enough too?” Then I cut in, looking weirdly at him.
“Johnnnnnn! He said only after His death and resurrection will this be possible, and that His sacrificial work is the only way to be saved. Let’s wait till then.” John stared sheepishly at me.
“Thank you for that Christosin” Jesus said, as He picked His cup of juice, stood up, and began to make His way into the Mansion. “Goodnight guys”.
There is only one way to God, one way to freedom from the error of Adam, one way to eternal life, one way to become God’s child. That way, is Jesus. He is the center of everything, and all must surely be about Him. Have you accepted this eternal life?
Other references are Romans 5:12-21, 8:15-16. Galatians 4:6-7.
CHRISTOSIN – Nigeria
(An Adaptation from John 2:1Nigeria