JESUS, JOHN THE BAPTIST AND CRAZY PEOPLE

by James Jett

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona, by a mad or insane person, that killed six people and left 13 other wounded, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, cause me to think about the people involved in the post I wrote about Jesus and John The Baptist.

It seem like many crazy or insane people was, unfortunately, living doing the 33 years Jesus Christ taught on this earth. Starting with King Herod the Great,  King of the Jews  in Judea under the Roman Empire. Herod worried about a threat to his power and authority from the new King, he heard rumors about – a baby. Herod tasked every one to find the baby,  no luck, because the child’s parents had taken him to Egypt.  When all efforts failed to located the child, Jesus Christ, Herod ordered all babies killed ,two years and under in Judea.

This is disturbing, when you consider todays circumstances, where people in the highs power of the government and crazy citizens are at odes because power and authority, is at the apex of the debate.  Jesus, nor any one following him later, wanted to usurp Herod’s power or authority. Yet, this King, out of fear, panic, like a brain-dead Cobra, and kill all the male babies under two years old.

Jesus Christ and John the Baptist are Cousins, Jesus is the younger, John the Baptist is older by six months. Almost at birth a member of Herod’s family try to kill a member of Jesus family. Within thirty-three year a member of King Herod the Great,s family order the beheading of John the Baptist and  the orders came from Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great.  you notice (all of them are name Herod?)  Herod Antipas divorced his first wife Phasaelis, the daughter of King Aretas IV of Nabatean. In favor of Herodias, who had formerly  been married to his brother Herod Phillip 1. According to the New Testament Gospels,  John the Baptist’s condemnation of this arrangement that caused Antipas to have him arrested.

Herodias, the wife of one brother, former wife of the other brother. Philip the Tetrarch, married his niece Salome, the daughter of Herodias. The Herod family married each other and is the people in charge when at least, two members of Jesus Christ’s family,  killed by hanging on a cross or by beheading.

In my long life on this earth, I have talked about Jesus, and the fact that his own people rejected him when they could have selected a guilty criminal to die. These people had witnessed Pontius Pilate washing his hands of Jesus and reluctantly send him to his death. And Jesus did not conspire against Rome, so Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch, also finds nothing treasonable in Jesus’  actions.

Less conversation about John the Baptist, but every time you are in a group and some one want to praise you for a good deed,” you acting like John the Baptist”, meaning, you are doing good and helping people. Higher praise if you abstain from sex, whiskey and bar fight. So at a young age we knew that John the Baptist was innocent because he committed no crimes. Herod did not want to behead John, because he thought he was a good religious man. Being weak, and evil, he ordered  the beheading  to please his wife!

This country is heading down that road, people are angrily attaching voters because the voter don’t agree with them.

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