deservedly received the strongest condemnation. But there were at least two notables among them, Joseph of Aramathea and Nicodemus, who were disciples of Jesus, and there may have been more. In fact, in my post, http://www.dailypaul.com/280083/jesus-christ-victor-over-the..., I reference a Pharisee that Jesus commends as not being far from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Both the Jewish leaders and the Roman's designated authority, Pilate, were responsible for his death. But the average Jew likely would have been keeping the feast, in his home, at least once Pilate agreed to set one person free. The folks who stuck around were likely cronies of the ruling Sadducees, also had a grudge against Jesus. As for the common Jewish people, Luke describes their reaction to his death this way: (Luke 23:46-48)
And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts. (I.e. as a traditional sign of mourning or contrition)
Even one of the Centurions figured it out:
Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
Did Jesus talk about the restoration of Israel? No? Oh Yes He did! (You were right on the first one, but not this. Jesus does not call on his followers to support the wars, especially not unjust ones, that I can wholeheartedly agree on)
As to whether Jesus promised an earthly kingdom to Israel, he actually does, three times: (the third time, indirectly)
And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Matthew 19:28
“You are those who have stood by Me in My trials;
and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Luke 22: 28-30
The third place is less explicit, but the three together imply that the Resurrection did not complete everything the Law and the Prophets said Messiah would do:
So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?"
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; (note, he is not contradicting his own statements earlier, he is simply saying the times and seasons are the Father's 'jurisdiction'.)
Thank you for being open minded enough to read this lengthy comment.
"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15
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