Jesus’ Life: Chapter 15 – Jesus’ Ministry Before His Passion
Jesus probably celebrated three Passovers in Jerusalem during his ministry, a ministry that lasted around three and a half years. He also performed numerous miracles, from his first in Cana when he changed water into wine, to raising Lazarus back to life and healing Malchus’ ear, cut off by Simon Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane. His Father spoke to him publicly at his baptism, the transfiguration and in the Temple courts. He taught extensively in all the major villages and towns throughout Judea, Perea, Samaria, Decapolis, Galilee, Trachonitis, Syrian Phoenicia and Iturea.
Now, as his ministry was coming to an end, although he had gained a loyal following of people, overall, the majority of the Jewish people didn’t accept his teachings nor that He was Christ, the Son of God.
Nevertheless, some members of the Sanhedrin (Israel’s Supreme Court, consisting of a High Priest and 70 men such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea), believed that He was the Christ. However, afraid of the Pharisees who held a majority in the Sanhedrin, “They would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue. For they loved praise from men more than praise from God”. (John 12:37-43)
God grants to us, the freedom of choice; we can believe Jesus’ teachings and follow his ways or ignore them; we can guide and correct others when they seek our help or be silent; we can pray for the conversion of the world if, we desire.
Lord Jesus, let your love shine through me in my prayers and work, so others will see and follow your teachings.
Prayer: Before a Crucifix
Behold, O Kind and Most Sweet Jesus,
I fall upon my knees in Thy sight,
and with the most fervent desire of my soul,
I pray and beseech Thee
to impress upon my heart
lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity,
with true repentance for my sins,
and a firm desire of amendment.
Whilst with deep affection and grief of soul,
I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate
Thy five most precious wounds,
having before my eyes that which David the prophet spoke,
O Good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and feet,
they have numbered all my bones.” Amen.