MODERN-DAY REPORTER SERIES:
WHERE IS HE?
Disciples of Jesus fear for his safety during closed-door
meeting in Temple!
Jerusalem, Judea; Wednesday; Bill Byrnes-Reporter — The question
raging thru most peoples’ minds in Jerusalem is–“Where is the young
Rabbi–Jesus of Nazareth”? It was just on Sunday-this incredible
young man enjoyed such a triumphant welcome into the city. While seated
atop the colt of a donkey he rode into Jerusalem amidst huge numbers of
followers who spread their coats and branches of palm leaves on the road in
front of him shouting, “Praise God! God bless the one who comes in the
name of the Lord.” According to many, who claim the Nazarene is the long-
awaited Messiah, the entire scene fulfills a scriptural prediction from
Zechariah:9:9: “…Shout daughters of Jerusalem: behold thy king cometh
unto thee: he is just and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass,
and upon a colt–the foal of an ass.”
As if this wasn’t enough to rattle local synagogue leaders, Monday,
upon visiting the Temple, Jesus jostled all of the merchants involved in
buying and selling products–throwing them out! While turning over their
tables and benches, he shouted, “Scriptures say, ‘My Temple will be called
a house of prayer for all people.’ But you have changed God’s house into a
house for robbers!”
“My Temple will be called a house of prayer!”
Anonymous sources within the Sanhedrin confirm that there is already
a plot against the life of this very controversial and extremely popular
religious leader. Despite these warnings, Jesus is currently involved in
discussions with some Pharisee and Sadducee Temple leaders to explain his
conduct. His disciples fear for his safety!
Despite the main question of his safety, other important questions
remain unanswered: What is Jesus’ itinerary for the upcoming Passover,
and, where and with whom will he be having the first holiday meal: The
Feast of the Unleavened Bread? Hopefully, his disciples, extremely tight-
lipped lately, know the answer. If they don’t know, they’d better find out
quickly– Thursday, is the first day of Passover!
Also, this ominous note: if Jesus really is the heralded Messiah– he’d
better be very careful. The Scriptures also predict a grisly end for him!