224 – THE DOCTRINE OF JESUS
Jesus had his own doctrine. It was a new doctrine, for when he preached, the Jews were astonished, because it was different from what they were used to hearing in the temple or in the synagogues. “The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching” (Matt. 7:28). It was the end of the Sermon of the Mount. Jesus went into a synagogue in a Saturday and began to teach. The listeners marveled at his doctrine and attentively listened. There was a man who was delivered from an unclean spirit: “And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, ‘what is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” (Mark 1:21-28). The priests who served in the temple did not think much of selling doves, sheep and oxen in the temple for the sacrifices. There was a true open market there. Jesus drove out the money changers, saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a robber’s den” (Mark 11:17). “And the chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for all the multitude was astonished at His teaching” (Mark 11:18). It is plain that, if Jesus preached the same things as the priests of the temple of Jehovah preached, they would not think of killing him. What Jesus began to preach was something totally new and astonishing. The old wine in the old wineskins was the doctrine of Moses and of Jehovah, with whom Moses had learned. The new wine, if kept in old wineskins, would tear the wineskins. This is in Matthew 9:16-17. Jesus was forced to teach through parables or he would be stoned, for the followers of Jehovah did not accept the new doctrine.
During the Feast of Booths, Jesus went up to the temple and began to teach. “The Jews therefore were marveling, saying, ‘How has this man become learned, having never been educated?’ Jesus therefore answered them, and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself” (John 7:15-17). If Jesus preached the doctrine of God, why did the scribes and priests want to kill him? If they wanted to kill him, it was because he preached against the old doctrine of Jehovah and Moses. In the doctrine of Moses, the sheep, goats and calves died on the altar of sacrifices. In the new doctrine, Jesus says that he would himself give his life up for the sheep (John 10:11). In the Old Testament the sheep would die for the sins of men; and in the New Testament, the High Shepherd, now, dies for the sheep. How could this be? This was too much for the ears of the priests, scribes and Pharisees. They would then say, “He has a demon” (John 10:20). In the Old Testament no one ever drove malignant spirits from men, for it was Jehovah who ordained them to enter into men. In the first book of the kings we read that Jehovah sent a lying spirit in the mouths of the 400 prophets of the temple (1 Kings 22:23). In Isaiah 19, we read that Jehovah sent a spirit of distortion into the Egyptians (Is. 19:13-14). It was Jehovah who put a malignant spirit in Saul, and it tormented him (1 Sam. 16:14-15). The torment was such that only the harp of David would bring some relief to him (1 Sam. 16:23). How would the priests and Pharisees dare to drive away the evil spirits sent by Jehovah? When Jesus expelled them, he was called Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Matt. 12:22-24).
Another point in the doctrine of Jesus was healing. Jehovah sent plagues and malignant pestilences. When Jesus healed people, he would go against Jehovah, for no one dared such a feat (Deut. 28:21-22, 27, 35, 59-63; Hab. 3:5; Lev. 26:16). When he destroyed the things that Jehovah meant as a punishment, this was interpreted as if he was putting forward a claim to be like God. This was blasphemy to the Jews (John 10:33; 5:8). They all followed the doctrine of Moses and rejected Jesus, saying that they were disciples of Moses. A man blind from birth that Jesus had healed defended him before the Pharisees; and when this young man asked them, “You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?” they reviled him, and said, “You are His disciple; but we are disciples of Moses” (John 9:27-28). The priests did not know the doctrine of Jesus. When Jesus was taken prisoner, the high priest questioned him about his disciples and his doctrine (John 18:19). The main conflicting points of Jesus’ doctrine were:
- The doctrine of godliness, which did not exist in the Old Testament (1 Tim. 6:3). Jehovah did not have pity on the sinners (Jer. 13:14; Ezek. 5:11; 8:18; 7:8-9).
- The doctrine of Jehovah, the law, was to love one’s neighbor as oneself (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 22:35-40). The doctrine of Jesus was to love such as Jesus loved (John 13:34).
- The law of Moses was the Law, and the law of Jesus was Grace, for the Law condemns the sinner, but Grace is the forgiveness of God (Titus 2:11; Gal. 5:1-4).
- According to the word of Jesus, all were dead until Jesus (Matt. 8:21-22). Paul also taught this(Rom. 5:17). John did, too (John 5:24-25). Seeing that Jehovah reigned in the Old Testament, he was the god of the dead (Is. 43:15; Ps. 47:2, 7, 8). The Father of Jesus is the God of the living, and not of the dead (Luke 20:38).
- In the Old Testament there was resurrection, but it was not resurrection unto eternal life. Jesus preached the resurrection unto the eternal life (John 11:25-26; 3:36). Jehovah promised an earthly inheritance for all eternity (Gen. 17:7-8). Jesus preached the kingdom of heaven for all eternity. The doctrine of Jesus was such a new and different one, that he was condemned to death for blasphemy (Matt. 26:63-68). These were only a few differences between the doctrines of Jehovah and Jesus. What happened was that the principals of the Church adopted the Old Testament as the supreme truth, and mixed the two doctrines together. We would not want the churches to build altars for holocausts! Anyone who has eyes can see that what Jehovah edified has fallen to the ground, for it did not have a solid foundation. As it happened with Jesus, this one will be condemned for blasphemy. The story repeats itself.
By PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA