JESUS CHRIST IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH


INTRODUCING AUDIO IMAGERY ON BARBARAHS BLOG!

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Note:  The women’s names have been updated in italics the narrative, but not yet on the audio.  Please remember them in your Imagery: Mary, wife of Cloepus and sister of Mary, Jesus mother; Susanna and Salome, mother of Zebedee’s two sons.  

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THE PASSION NARRATIVE

Conspiracy Against Jesus

Now the feast of the Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.  And the chief priests and scribes were seeking how to put him (Jesus Christ) to death; for they feared the people.  (Luke 22:1-2)

The Passover Meal

This celebration is traditionally attended by family and extended family. Surely Mary mother of Jesus, and Mary, wife of Cloepus, Mary’s sister; Mary Magdalene, Joanna, wife of Herod’s chief steward, Susanna and Salome, mother of Zebedee’s sons and other devoted disciples/benefactors are invited, but they are not mentioned.  Let’s correct that oversight.

Imagery Exercise

Close your eyes and breathe out three times – See, feel, sense and know the presence of Mary mother of Jesus, Mary, her sister, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, Salome and all the women at this Passover meal.  After a minute breathe out one time and open your eyes.

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Narrative

Actions are moving rapidly toward the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  During the Passover meal he prophesies that Judas, acting as an instrument of Satan, will betray him…and Simon Peter, who can speak on his behalf, will deny knowing him three times.  Jesus Christ tells this to the apostles who, like him, are filled with sadness.  “I shall not eat this Passover meal until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God,” he tells them.  (From Matthew 26:20-25)

Imagery Exercise

Close your eyes and breathe out three times – See, feel, sense and know how prophesies of treachery toward Jesus Christ represent any treachery in our lives.  Note how you feel.  After a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.

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The Last Supper: Institution Of The Holy Eucharist

Before the Passover meal ends, Jesus takes a cup, gives thanks and tells the apostles to “divide it among yourselves for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.  And he takes bread, gives thanks and says, “This is my body which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  And likewise with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”  (From Matthew 26-20-25)

Imagery Exercise

Close your eyes and breathe out three times – See, sense and know how you may receive the body and blood of Christ once a day after reversing your errors.  Understand how this brings solace.  In a minute breathe out one time and open your eyes 

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Treachery and  Trial

Afterward, Jesus Christ and the apostles go to Gethsemane where Jesus prays.  When he rises from prayer, he finds the apostles sleeping for sorrow.  “Why do you sleep?” he asks them.  “Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

While Jesus Christ is still speaking, Judas Iscariot leans forward to kiss him, a signal to the on-looking priests and captains Judas has led to this quiet place of prayer in exchange for thirty pieces of silver.  They bring Jesus Christ to the high priest’s house, followed by Simon Peter, who denies knowing him three times, as prophesied.  The accusers find no corroborating testimony against Jesus, so when morning comes, they bind him and take him to Pilate, the governor.  (From Luke 22:47-53)

Imagery Exercise

Close your eyes and breathe out three times – See, feel, sense and know how Mary, Jesus mother, Mary Magdalene and the devoted women with them hear that Jesus Christ has been captured.  Consider with them what to do next.

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Judas Takes His Life

“When Judas saw that Jesus Christ was condemned, he repented and tried to return the thirty pieces of silver, saying, ‘I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.’ ‘What is that to us? See to it yourself.,’ they reply.  And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, Judas departed; and he went and hanged himself.  (Matthew 27:3-10)

The Trial Before Pilate

After questioning, Pilate finds no crime against Jesus Christ and is in a quandary over what to do, especially since his wife has had a prophetic dream that she shares with him. “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.”  So when Pilate discovers that Jesus Christ lives in Herod’s jurisdiction, he quickly sends him to Herod.  Upon questioning, Herod, too, can find no crime against Jesus Christ and returns him to Pilate.  This now puts Jesus Christ’s life in Pilate’s hands; but he doesn’t  believe that Jesus Christ is guilty of a crime, nor does he have the will to make a decision against the demands of the priests and elders.

Pilate Relinquishes His Power To The Crowd

On Passover it is the governor’s custom to release a prisoner of the crowd’s choice.  Pilate extends this custom.  Among the prisoners is the notorious rebel, Barrabas.  At the persuasion of the chief priests and elders, the crowd overwhelmingly calls for Barrabas’ release. Jesus Christ’s crucifixion is sealed.

Imagery Exercise

Close your eyes and breathe out three times – See, feel, sense and know how Mary mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, Salome and their devoted companions expand their consciousness to accept that Jesus Christ is to be crucified.  Be one of them in this act of devotion and know how it is necessary.  In a minute breathe out and open your eyes.

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A Note on the Eucharist from the Encyclopedia of Catholicism    

“The Eucharist is the sacramental celebration of the Paschal Mystery,  Christ’s dying and rising for humankind, in a context of praise and thanks for all God has done and continues to do.  During the Eucharist the Holy Spirit is called down on the assembly that it might become the Body of Christ and the people of God.”

“As a Jew, Jesus was formed and influenced by the prayer and worship tradition of his people. The Last Supper is described as a Passover meal, which traditionally celebrates God’s liberation of the Jewish people and the continuing covenant with them.  Such a model offers understanding of Christ’s liberation of the world from sin through his death. The ways in which Jews prayed to God in the Temple and synagogue were also a rich heritage that influenced Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper.  The bread and cup in the religious meals of Jews are accompanied by a berakah (Hebrew) a blessing and thanksgiving for all the benefits received.”

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About Barbara Fedoroff

I'm a blogger and editor presenting time-tested tools for self-awareness. The blog teaches techniques for identifying synchronicities to inform decision-making and the use of Imagery to change beliefs no longer beneficial. Certified by the American Institute for Mental Imagery and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery, I've been able to record many of the Imagery exercises of Mme. Colette Aboulker Muscat in blogs so you can experience the power of Imagery in your own home. My specialty is editing info written by professionals in fields often speaking their own "language," making it understood by a broader audience. My home is in the Poconos, and we enjoy family vacations at OBX N.C. Look forward to feedback after you preview the blog. Find me on LinkedIn as barbfed@ptd.net and Instagram as bfedoroff1
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