Sie sind auf Seite 1von 5

Jesus and his life

Extract of the World Scriptures II


Teachings of Sun Myung Moon
Jesus and his life - True Father!s words
True Father knows Jesus as the man of sorrows. He asserts that even in his
youth, during the 30 years prior to beginning his public life, Jesus was
misunderstood and ridiculed by his family and his village. The fact that Jesus
never married, when it was customary for all Jewish men in their twenties to do
so, is taken not as a mark of special holiness but rather as the painful lot of a
man of questionable birth and strange behavior who was not regarded as
marriageable.
When it came time for Jesus to begin his ministry, all Heaven!s attempts to
prepare the Jewish people to welcome him ended in failurenotably the ministry
of John the Baptist. Consequently, Jesus was never able to preach what he set
out to preach: the gospel of the Kingdom of God in plain language. Instead he had
to speak in obscure parables. He was never able to do what he set out to do: lead a spiritual and political
movement to win Israel!s independence from Rome and establish God!s Kingdom throughout the world.
Jesus! sorrow only increased as the forces opposing his ministry grew stronger and he was compelled to
take an alternative course, the way of the cross. His grief was exacerbated by the weakness of his disciples,
who ed and scattered leaving him alone at the end. In the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed desperately,
knowing the sorrow of God and the sufferings of generations to come that would ensue if he took that path
and died without completing his original mission. But by that time the people!s rejection was unalterable; the
die was cast and he obediently accepted the cross as God!s will.
Yet Jesus never changed his heart-felt love for the people, even for those who were killing him. When he
forgave his enemies on the cross, it was an earth-shaking moment that changed history forever.
Misunderstood by His Family
Today Christians easily believe that the Virgin Mary conceived a child by the Holy Spirit, but in those days
who believed it? Apparently an illegitimate child, Jesus was the target of derision. His brothers cursed him,
the villagers pointed ngers at him, and even children mocked him and harassed him. Jesus lived to be 33,
yet he was not married. Why? Everyone gets married, but what family would willingly give their daughter to
be the bride of such a pariah, to face the miserable circumstances of life with him? (243:242-43, January 17,
1993)
Do you think that the people in the village did not suppose that Jesus was an illegitimate child?
They did, and this caused great tension between Joseph and Mary. Joseph asked Mary many times, Who is
the boy!s father? Whenever he asked her, Mary could not answer. When she told him that she conceived
Jesus by the Holy Spirit, Joseph must have disbelieved her, saying, I am the one who saved your life. What
kind of game are you trying to play with me? Thus they would ght and quarrel all the time because of
Joseph!s suspicions. Their ghting must have continued even after Mary gave birth to other children.
At the age of 12, Jesus had a chance to go to the Temple in Jerusalem. His parents did not know that they
had left him behind until three days into their journey home. When they returned and found him in the Temple
with the priests, Mary asked, Why are you here? Jesus replied, Where else would I be but in my Father!s
house? He was complaining about his parents, who had left him behind for three days, returning home
without him. (235:237-38, September 20, 1992)
Even when Jesus was helping Joseph with his carpentry work, he did not lead a comfortable life. His life was
full of hardships, and his heart endured innite sorrow. (7:334, October 18, 1959)
Mary did not help Jesus with the wedding he desired. She even opposed it. Jesus! words to Mary during the
wedding at Cana, O woman, what have you to do with me? reveal his reproachful heart toward his mother,
who helped in the weddings of others but neglected to help her own son receive a bride. Yet for Jesus to
marry was the most important requirement of the providence. With this perspective, we can understand why
Jesus asked, Who is my mother and who are my brothers? (Matt. 12:48) (277:210, April 16, 1996)
In those days it was customary for males to marry at around 18 to 20 years of age. Why did Jesus not
marry? Why was he still single even at the age of 33? In fact, when Jesus was 17 years old he honestly told
Mary the providential reason why he must marry: Adam fell around age 16, to restore the Human Fall he had
to marry, and a certain procedure would be required. Three times he spoke of this to his mother: at age 17,
jesus and his life
1
then again at age 27 and again at age 30. But his mother would not listen to him. (266:193, December 25,
1994)
The reason why Jesus had to go the way of the cross was only secondarily because the leaders of Israel
betrayed him and the Jews went against him. The primary reason was that Joseph!s family could not prepare
the day for Jesus to be blessed in a holy marriage. Had that one day come, Jesus would not have died on
the cross. (30:173-74, March 22, 1970)
The Three Temptations in the Wilderness
Jesus defeated Satan by overcoming the three temptations in the wilderness, the last of them on a
mountaintop. Yet we should realize that when Jesus journeyed to the wilderness after being rejected by John
the Baptist and his followersa situation that made likely his rejection by the Jewish people as wellhe
carried a heart of sorrow the like of which no one on the earth had ever experienced.
Jesus appeared as the only Son of God, who came to resolve the 4,000-year history of God!s providence.
He came as the seal of victory that God could boast about before that generation and countless generations
to come. Yet it was with a sad heart Jesus that walked into the wilderness alone, without a friend, leaving
his family, the chosen John the Baptist, the religious authorities, and his people behind. Jesus set out, lled
with determination and sense of mission to pay the debts of history. What did he think about during his 40
days of fasting? He felt an acute sense of responsibility to restore through indemnity, by himself, the rueful
course of his forbearers
No one ever had more determination and resolution to fulll God!s will than Jesus Christ. He went to the
wilderness with a burning heart to capture and subjugate Satan. He stood alone on that mountain with a
rmer determination than any ancestor in history. (5:194-96, January 25, 1959)
Satan tempted Jesus three times. First, while he was fasting for forty days, Satan tempted him with food. He
appeared before Jesus and asked him to change a stone into bread. This would be good news to a starving
person, but Jesus refused. He clearly stated, Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that
comes from the mouth of God. This means that Jesus refused to yield any conditions to Satan pertaining to
the necessities of life.
Throughout history up until that time, people had been ghting over material wealth. However, Jesus! victory
over Satan!s rst test made it possible to bring an end to this interminable struggle for material goods.
What trial did Jesus have to face next? Satan led him to the top of the Holy Temple. There he tested him,
saying, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. Jesus came with the religious teaching that could
educate Judaism and the people of Israel. When Satan said, throw yourself down, he meant for Jesus to
bow down before the conventional Jewish doctrines and traditions and abandon his role to educate and lead
them. But Jesus did not fall for Satan!s test. Instead he won the victory.
What was the third test? The devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the
world and their splendor. "All this I will give you,! he said, "if you will bow down and worship me.! Here Jesus
rejected Satan!s demand in order to fulll the Will of God. Far from needing Satan!s help, Jesus came
bearing the universal teaching by which he would build God!s nation, the Kingdom of God. (3:121, October
13, 1957)
Jesus! Wept Out of Love for the People and Agonized Over Their Unbelief, Even as His Closest
Disciples Proved Faithless
Does God live only for Himself and His glory, or is God totally seless, living for the well being of the entire
creation? Which is true love? In fact, the true God comes to us fallen people, shedding tears. People weep
either when they are sad or happy. What about God? Does He shed tears of grief looking at human misery,
or tears of laughter as He saves people? Think about it. If you ever lost a loved one and then found him
again years later, what would you do? You would weep, rst with grief and then with joy.
Therefore, God wants to meet His beloved ones on the path of tears. Would you like to experience God!s
tears? Have you ever cried, so shaking with sobs that water runs from your nose and mouth, your entire
body drenched in sweat? Until you experience what grief is, you cannot taste true love. (102:163-64,
December 17, 1978)
In the world dominated by Satan, God!s providence requires battles. God has to set up ghts. Jesus certainly
made some people angry when he criticized the Jews living in peace and comfort, calling them hypocrites
and a brood of vipers and casting curses upon them. If Jesus had praised the rabbis, scribes and priests,
telling them that they were doing a wonderful job for God, would he have been killed? Confucius and
Mohammedall the saints without exceptiondeclared to the world something it did not want to hear. By
doing that, they created the momentum for change. (95:276- 77, December 11, 1977)
The people who were the closest to Jesus caused him the most sorrow. His sorrow was not so much from
rejection by the people of Israel whom God had prepared, or from rejection by the Jewish authorities. His
jesus and his life
2
greatest sorrow came when his beloved disciplessome who had followed him for as long as three years
lost faith when he needed them to believe, did not testify when he needed them to testify, did not ght when
he needed them to ght, and ran from death when he needed them to face death. (3:142, October 18, 1957)
Who followed Jesus to the end without forsaking him? The twelve disciples? No, even the three chief
disciples among the Twelve did not keep faith and follow Jesus to the end.
Although Jesus tried to introduce the love of God to humankind and tried to put that love into practice, he
died without building a substantial relationship of love with a single human being.
Although Jesus conveyed words of heavenly love, and although his heart burned with love, he died without
having found one person whom he could tightly embrace and exchange the affectionate words, My son!
My father! sharing the love that runs between a parent and child.
Can you understand the heart and situation of Jesus as he cried in anguish through the sleepless night in the
Garden of Gethsemane, even as the disciples were dozing off? Many people today appreciate Jesus! words
of love, but 2,000 years ago, Jesus did not have anyone to whom he could give his love. (3:58, September
22, 1957)
Jesus lived barely thirty years, a life lled with sorrow. Jesus spent three years of public life, offering
everything he had; yet who knew his heart, and who knew his situation? Not even one person.
Even the disciples, who attended him as their teacher, who shared his joys and sorrows, who were sad when
he was sad and lonely when he was lonelythey did not know, either.
The disciples, who should have clung to Heaven and appealed with earnest hearts, concerned that their
teacher might go the path of death, instead were confused, asking, Who is Jesus? (7:45, July 12, 1959)
On this earth, who knew the heart of Jesus? Not a single person recognized Jesus, a man lled with
apprehension, who experienced and felt keenly Heaven!s sorrow, who felt Heaven!s lament over humanity.
Jesus did not have even one disciple who exclaimed, My Lord! intimately feeling God!s heart
Enable us to sympathize with the heart of Jesus, who had to leave behind disciples ignorant of his great
sorrow, with the heart of Jesus, who died without seeing his life bear fruit, even though he lived his entire life
for humankind. (5:137-38, January 11, 1959)
The Agony of Christ!s Passion and Crucixion
Jesus walked a wretched path, the path of the cross. Evil men whipped and beat him. They ripped his
clothing, drove him along the street, and forced him to the ground. In that situation, if Jesus had been like
Elijah, he might have said to the people, I am the only one of the Lord!s prophets left. (1 Kings 18:22) But
when Jesus left his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane and went to pray, he said, My Father, if it be
possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt. (Luke 22:42) This was his
greatness. He understood that his body was a sacricial offering for the nation, a sacricial offering for
humanity and a sacricial offering for God!s providence.
Therefore, although Jesus felt his own bitter sorrow, he was more concerned for God!s sorrow.
God had sent Jesus for the sake of the nation; instead he felt God!s sorrow to see him betrayed by his own
people. Jesus was the Messiah. He was the Crown Prince of Heaven and the central personage of the entire
universe. If he chose, he could have given way to self-pity and lamented his miserable fate. He could have
set the entire universe in lamentation with him. Yet, he understood that his position was not to sigh in
despair. Instead, he even went so far as to feel apologetic toward Heaven for having been rejected.
Jesus bore the responsibility to rally the religious establishment, rally the nation, build the Kingdom of
Heaven and return the world to the Father!s bosom. Yet when he was forced to abandon that mission and
walk the way of the cross, he did not feel enmity toward anyone. He did not pray, Let this cup pass from
me, for fear of death. Rather, he prayed this way because he knew his death would add to the grief of the
nation and to God!s grief.
Jesus knew that if he died on the cross, there would be an even heavier cross remaining for the future
generations. It would mean that humanity!s sorrowful history would not end. He knew that the path of
Golgotha would not end with him; those who followed him would also have to go the same way. Jesus knew
that an even more difcult course lay beyond the cross.
As he was made to wear a crown of thorns, and the nails were hammered into his hands and feet, and his
side was stabbed with a spear, Jesus knew that these events would have impact far beyond his own death.
When he turned to God and said, It is nished, he did not mean that the world!s path of the cross was
nished. He meant that his heart!s tearful plea of concern over the cross had reached Heaven. We need to
know that Jesus comforted God by offering himself as a living sacrice and taking upon himself all the
mistakes committed by past prophets and patriots.
More than that, as he neared death Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they
do. (Luke 23:34) God had a mind to pass judgment immediately, a judgment even more terrible than in
Noah!s time. But Jesus died clinging to the nation, clinging to the religious establishment and clinging to the
cross. For this reason, God could not abandon humanity, but held on to us. Because this bond of heart
jesus and his life
3
existed between Jesus, the future generations of humanity and the remaining people of Israel, God could not
abandon the religious organizations that turned against him, nor the people of subsequent generations.
Instead, God has clung to them. (378:314, May 21, 2002)
Although the Roman soldiers nailed him to a cross and pierced him with a spear, Jesus asked God!s
forgiveness for them. He endured his pain with the attitude, I am dying on their behalf. I am willing to be
sacriced on their behalf. From that moment a new realm opened; a new world was born that had never
before existed in history.
Before Jesus! time the rule was to take revenge on your enemy, based on the law, an eye for an eye, a
tooth for a tooth. No one before Jesus had ever taught that we should love our enemies. Jesus
demonstrated something totally new to the world when he loved his enemies on the cross. This was
something amazingly great. From that single event sprouted a new era, a new world of God!s desire.
(130:232-33, January 29, 1984)
Can you fathom the agony in God!s heart when Jesus was dying on the cross? Here, the children of the
enemy were killing His only begotten Son, and yet God could not treat them as enemies. Can you imagine
how difcult it was for God to swallow His pain and maintain a loving heart towards them? Jesus understood
God!s painful situation; he knew that God had to maintain unconditional love even for the enemy Satan;
therefore he loved the enemy soldiers who were killing him and prayed that God would forgive their sin.
Because Jesus passed this test, Satan could be separated. Because Jesus kept God!s tradition of
unconditional love even for Satan, Satan had no grounds to accuse either Jesus or God. This was the
condition to make a division between good and evil, to lift up Christianity beyond Satan!s grasp.
God!s providence can progress only on the condition of loving Satan and the individuals and families under
Satan!s dominion. Even in the place of death, we should love and pray for them, as God does. Otherwise
there can be no restoration. For this reason, Christian martyrs throughout the world have followed Jesus!
example and prayed for their persecutors, Heavenly Father, please save them.
This goes back to the principle that Satan was originally an archangel, who was to receive love from God,
Adam and Eve. Although he fell to become Satan, we should not change our love for him. By following this
principle, we can be fully restored and be qualied to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (244:154-55, February
1, 1993)
Jesus Bore Our Sins on the Cross
Jesus accepted his destiny, taking on his shoulders the whole responsibility for the future of Israel, giving all
his strength. His disciples scattered in all directions; they abandoned Jesus, concerned only to protect their
own lives. Meanwhile, Jesus did not think about his own life at all. With utmost sincerity, taking more
responsibility than any other person who lived for God in history, and eager to accomplish God!s purpose, he
went the way of the cross. He walked that path with God. (35:23, September 27, 1970)
Suppose Adam and Eve had a brother, and he had not fallen. If that brother went to Satan and tried to bring
Adam and Eve back, Satan would by no means let them go without a price. Satan would want something
more valuable than what he would lose by giving up those fallen siblings. Therefore, the unfallen brother
would have to sacrice himself in place of his fallen siblings; only on that condition could he liberate them.
That sacricial brother is Christ, the second Adam. (52:50, December 14, 1971)
The basic nature of Satan is arrogance and fury. In contrast, Jesus came before the people of the world in
meekness and humility.
Jesus did not show meekness and humility because he was incapable and unworthy. He deserved to be
higher and enjoy more glory than anyone else, but Jesus forsook all that and lowered himself.
Satan confronted Jesus and tried to draw him into a ght, but Jesus knew that if he remained meek and
humble to the end, Satan would be bound by a condition in the Principle to submit to God.
Therefore Jesus maintained his humility, doing what Satan with his arrogant and wrathful nature cannot do.
Then Satan, who also knew Heaven!s law, realized that he would have no choice but to recognize Jesus.
In other words, if you move forward in meekness and humility, then even the satanic world will naturally
submit. Jesus understood this principle, and he took a position of meekness and humility of which Satan was
utterly incapable. Similarly, you can pioneer the new path to God only when you place yourself in a position
of meekness and humility. (3:187-88, October 27, 1957)
The Tragedy of Jesus! Rejection
Today it is easy to accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, because for nearly 2,000 years Christianity has
been glorifying him. But if you had lived in the days when Jesus was being pushed around and ridiculed,
would you have believed? The scribes and priests of those days longed to see the Messiah, yet they did not
recognize him. Do you really think that the Jewish people of that era were inferior to Christians today? In
fact, we would probably have compounded their mistakes if we had lived in the days of Jesus of Nazareth.
(69:100, October 21, 1973)
jesus and his life
4
Jesus came with the lonely heart of Heaven to a people who were collapsing and dying, and taking
compassion upon them, he came to them without holding back even his own life. But the people of Israel,
who called themselves the chosen people, did as they pleased to the Messiah whom Heaven had sent and
to John the Baptist whom Heaven had prepared Today let us know: It was not because the people of Israel
at that time were inferior to us, that they betrayed Heaven, nor was it because their desire to live for the sake
of Heaven was not as great as ours, that they forgot Heaven. Let us understand: They had a concept about
the Messiah, thinking that the Lord to come would appear as a great man, but because in reality the Messiah
who appeared was haggard, pitiful and unimpressively small, they rejected him. Let us consider our position
now: Today we commonly speak ill of the historical people of Israel, and like to criticize how they handled the
situation at that time, but please let us understand: between the situation now and the situation then there is
no difference. May we have the mind to admit: if we had been alive at that time, we would have done the
same as they. (5:284-85, February 22, 1959)
After preparing humanity for four thousand years to receive the Messiah, his death was not in God!s original
plan. Satan was the one who dragged Jesus to the cross and killed him. The crucixion was a total loss.
Everything was lost: Israel, Judaism, John the Baptist, the twelve disciples who betrayed Jesus No one
remained on the side of Jesus or Heaven. There is no Christianity at the place of Jesus! cross. Christianity
began on the Day of Pentecost. You must know that the cross was the victory of Satan, not of God. God!s
victory came with the resurrection by the power of the Spirit.46 (73:220-21, September 18, 1974)
Jesus! Resurrection
On the cross, Jesus prayed for the people and determined to fulll his responsibility for them even after his
death; indeed, his concern for God!s Will transcended even death. Therefore, God could resurrect Jesus,
and Satan did not dare accuse the resurrected Jesus. When you attain a level of perfection that you have the
same value as Jesus, Satan cannot accuse you, either. (2:141, March 17, 1957)
Satan exercised his maximum power to crucify Jesus, thereby attaining the goal he had sought throughout
the 4000 year course of history. On the other hand, by delivering Jesus to Satan, God set up as
compensation the condition to save sinful humanity. How did God achieve this? Because Satan had already
exercised his maximum power in killing Jesus, according to the principle of restoration through indemnity,
God was entitled to exercise His maximum power. While Satan uses his power to kill, God uses His power to
bring the dead to life. As compensation for Satan!s exercise of his maximum power in killing Jesus, God
exercised His maximum power and resurrected Jesus. God thus opened the way for all humanity to be
engrafted with the resurrected Jesus and thereby receive salvation and rebirth. (Exposition of the Divine
Principle, Moses and Jesus 3.3.1.1)
After his death, Jesus was concerned about his scattered disciples. Even during the three days in the tomb,
he was determined to protect them for eternity. Hence, he went to the shores of Galilee after his resurrection
and searched for them. Today from a humanistic perspective we might wonder how Jesus could care for his
disciples, when they showed no sense of responsibility and betrayed him the moment they faced difculty.
Yet this did not stop Jesus from fullling his responsibility toward them by visiting them in Galilee. This is the
character of Jesus, who did not let even death stop his unwavering efforts at raising his disciples to also be
unwavering. We should take a lesson from Jesus! admirable character in this regard. (1:38, May 16, 1956)
Due to the sin and blindness of the people, God permitted His Son to be a sacrice. That was the
signicance of the crucixion: God allowed Jesus to die on the cross as the ransom paid to Satan. In
exchange, upon Jesus! resurrection, God could claim the souls of humankind - though redemption of the
body was not possible. Therefore God!s victory, and our salvation, was not in the cross but in the
resurrection
Our salvation comes from Jesus! victorious resurrection. This is Christ!s victory, and Satan!s power can
never affect it. But the body of Jesus Christ was given up as a sacrice and a ransom. In giving up his body,
Jesus also gave up the body of humankind. Our salvation is limited to spiritual redemption, because the
redemption of the body remained unfullled 2,000 years ago. And our world still suffers under Satan!s power.
Sin still rages within our bodies and dominates this world.
Therefore Paul cried out in anguish, Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but
with my esh I serve the law of sin. (Rom. 7.24-25) Paul was living in the grace of the Lord. Still he
confessed that he could serve God only with his mind, and his esh served the law of sin. His body yearned
to be redeemed; he still anguished over sin. And so it is for us. By accepting Christ, we receive spiritual
salvation. But our body still serves the law of sin under Satan!s domain, until Christ returns and liberates us
from the bondage of sin. The Lord of the Second Advent alone can give total salvation, in spirit and in body.
(September 18, 1974)
jesus and his life
5