Jesus in Chicago
One would think that Jesus Christ walking the streets of Chicago would surely mean his death; and they would be correct. Jesus would be killed in Chicago but not by the people you think would kill him. It would be by the hands of those you would least expect. Read the following narrative to learn how the life of Christ relates to our lives and of many people we know and love every day.
CONCLUSION - The Murder
Then Jesus turned to the crowd of people and started talking about the church leaders and calling out their hypocrisy in public. He talked about how arrogant they were and how they dressed in formal attire to look good but they preached the wrong things. He talked about how they sat in public in the highest and most expensive seats and called each other by flattering titles and names. He told the people how the church leaders make it hard for people to enter the kingdom of God by strict rules and traditions and ordinances, yet they themselves will not enter the kingdom.
He exposed them as robbers of the elderly and of widows and the fatherless and how they teach about money when the more important lesson of God is about salvation and truth. He talked about them being clean on the outside but dirty on the inside because of their greed and lust for the things of the world. He also called them out on how they persecuted the prophets of old and how they seek to destroy those who speak the truth today.
Afterward, he left the church and sat in the park again with his disciples and they asked him about the end times and of the end of the world. He explained to them how the world will come to confusion and about the wars and the rumors of wars, the earthquakes, and the pestilence and famines. He told them not to look for signs but to always be ready for the coming of the Lord because many people will become more angry and aggressive and iniquity will grow and evil will abound. He said many false prophets will rise in the last days and to be careful who you listen to but to read the Word and pray as much as possible to avoid deception.
Then Jesus told the disciples to prepare a dinner for the holidays because it would be soon the authorities would come for him. So they prepared a dinner and he and his disciples ate. During the dinner, Jesus knew that one of his disciples would turn him in for a reward and he told them all who it would be. That disciple left and went his way in shame because money was his motive. After dinner, Jesus left the room and went up the street to a small park to pray. He told the disciples to watch out for the police and authorities as he prayed.
Later that evening, the authorities came with the disciple that turned him in leading them to Jesus. The police surrounded the area and pulled their guns on Jesus and the other disciples. Jesus walked to the police captain and asked who they were looking for. Then two other officers came forth and grab Jesus and took him into custody. When this happened, one of his disciples pulled his gun and pointed it at the officers, but Jesus told him to put away his gun, we are not that type of people. "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword" (St. Matthew 26:52).
The police took Jesus to the church leaders and their council to gather the charges they accused him of. The church leaders called out a false witness that came and said Jesus was out there on the street calling himself the son of God, he trashed the church, and that he was going to lead a rebellion of the people and take over the government. The church leaders and council concluded that Jesus was riotous and a public menace. They asked the congregation what should be his punishment and the congregation yelled jail and death. So the church congregation started to spit on him, and slap him and push him around the church parking lot.
The next morning, the church leaders brought Jesus downtown to the courthouse before the district judge and accused Jesus of inciting a riot, spreading lies about the church leaders and trespassing on church property among other things. The judge asked Jesus was he guilty of these things and to give an account of his testimony. But Jesus answered, "Whatever."Afterward, the judge said that he could not find any real evidence against Jesus and would turn him over to the church leaders so they could do whatever they wanted with him.
So the judge turned Jesus over to the church leaders and council and they took him and dressed him in an inmate uniform and pushed him around the parking lot. They then took him to the park where he preached and walked him down a trail as the congregation pushed him, slapped and spit on him calling him a blasphemer, a liar and a false prophet. They poured beer down his throat and placed a Chicago baseball cap on his head backward to signify a thug. Then the tied him to a tree and stretched out his arms and tied them to the branches.
As people in the congregation mocked him and called him curse words, a member of the pastor's ministry team stuck Jesus in the side with a knife and blood poured out. Jesus yelled out to God asking him why he had forsaken him and the people in the congregation mocked him as he yelled. They left him there until it was dark outside as Jesus bled to death. Later that night, a sister and a few disciples came and took Jesus' body down from the tree and took him to the nearest funeral home.
The funeral prepared Jesus body and the next day he was buried in the cemetery down the street. A few days later, a sister came to the cemetery to sit at Jesus' tombstone but it had been moved out of its place. Beside the tombstone were two spirits and the sister heard in her mind that Jesus was not there but that he had risen overnight. The sister then turned and ran to the disciples to tell them that Jesus had risen and that His Spirit was alive. When the government and church leaders heard that the body of Jesus was gone, they offered money to people to say that his disciples came at night and took the body.
But the disciples waited in the place that Jesus told them to wait and as they did, Jesus' Spirit came and appeared to them and revealed himself. He told them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (St. Mark 16:15-18).
The person of Jesus the Christ is the physical manifestation of God in human form. Since the death of Christ, the Spirit of God has come into the bodies of hundreds of millions of people who believe and receive his spirit. They walk through life daily in the spirit and can witness the acts of God and the power of the Holy Ghost. They know and understand the Word and use it to fight off evil, deception and the lies of the devil so they can stay grounded in reality. All Jesus ever asked anyone as he walked the streets of Chicago was if they believed in him, and only those who did were healed, delivered by the gospel of liberation.
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