MAGANES: The essence of the Lent

April 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment


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 God’s compassion to mankind is great. He condemned the sins but not the sinners. Such compassion prompted Him to send His only begotten son Jesus Christ to the world to save mankind from their sins and be with Him in eternal bliss to a place called Heaven.
More than 2,000 years ago, a carpenter’s son from the tribe of Judah in Israel was indicted of blasphemy before the religious court of Israel known as Sanhedrin. The priests at that time were not convinced that He was the Messiah sent by God to atone the sins of mankind.
Jesus of Nazareth claimed that He was the Son of the Most High and started His ministry by teaching the kingdom of God. He performed miracles like changing water into wine during a wedding at Cana, cleansed the lepers, opened the ears of the deaf and eyes of the blind and raised the dead back to life.
Many of the Jews believed Him but there were those who speculated as to who He was. Was Jesus of Nazareth the real Messiah as prophesied by the prophets of Israel before He came to physical being? Was He the King they were waiting to deliver them from the chain of slavery, first from the Egyptians and the Roman Empire? But Jesus was not born in a royal manner. He was born in a manger and was wrapped in a swaddling cloth not befitted for a royalty like Him.

Jesus, the Christ taught the people to go back to the Godhead. He taught virtues and values. He taught spirituality to the highest level. But then, He was not totally accepted by the Israelites. To them, Jesus was a mere carpenter’s son, a carpenter himself, unlearned and ignorant of the teachings of the priests and other religious leaders.
Bible historians claimed that Jesus was 30 years old when He started His ministry. He hopped from one place to the other teaching people about the coming of the Kingdom of God. He personally picked His 12 disciples in which one of them betrayed Him.
When Jesus was brought to Sanhedrin, many Jews were happy to see Him being scorned and mocked. He was tortured in exchanged of the thief Barabbas, scourged heavily and nailed on the cross together with two criminals. He was likened to a hard core criminal whose only “ sin” according to the Sanhedrin was His outright claim that He was the Son of God and the King of the Jews.
Yes, that man Jesus made a history. He is now the center of faith among Christians. He spawned religious teachings that served as bastions of morality. But then, who really among those who claimed that they are Christians are following His teachings? How many of them are Christ-like in terms of humility and in dealing with their fellow men?
I have to ponder on these things. Christ died but the Bible says He rose from the dead. He is alive according to many Bible scholars and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father God in heaven. Christ is believed to return to the earth and reigns for 1,000 years of peace and progress. After that reign, He will take away all His believers and be with Him in heaven in a spiritual fashion not known to mankind.
Christ was and is still the greatest spiritual leader this mankind has produced. I am not discounting other religious leaders like Mohammed, the Sris of the Hindus, Buddha and many great spiritual teachers. They have their own ways of spiritual teachings – teachings that all lead to the Godhead.
In these modern times, how many of us really follow our spiritual teachings? How many of us -religious sects not our basis, are conforming to the standards set by our faith. Christ before His death was very unpopular among the people of Israel. If there was a survey at that time, His popularity had dipped down to the lowest level and yet after His death, Christ’s popularity soared high.
If I were to compare Christ during His time with that of today, He was the original purveyor of change and reform. The Christ condemned corruption and hypocrisy during His time. Every Christian in this modern world should and must condemn too these two grave sins of corruption and hypocrisy.
“Woe to the hypocrites! Woe to the serpents!, were the words of Christ in condemning the norms of the society during His time. It was He who also said that “ Judge not, so that you will not be judged” and in perpetuity uttered the words “Love one another. Do not do to others what you do not want to be done to you.”
Let’s reflect on these words of Jesus Christ during the Lenten season. Whatever faith you have, whatever religious sect you are in or whatever spiritual teachings you are following, we have to think it over: “ Am I worthy to be a Son of God? Am I worth a salt to my fellow men?”
(For comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com and visit mg blog “The Roving Pen at http://www.virgilmaganes.wordpress.com)
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