Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

Impression Jesus Created on Jewish Mind: Charge of High Treason

The Jews alleged that Jesus claimed to be the inheritor of the throne of David, which meant that, although he lived within the domain of the Roman Empire, he had a design to pave the way for the establishment of a new government. They launched a vigorous propaganda against and provoked the wrath of the Roman Government against him. Jesus was charged, first, for the blasphemous claim that he was the Son of God, and, sec­ondly, for his endeavours to establish a government of his own. On the insistence of the Jewish nation and their learned doctors, the Roman government ordered judicial trial of Jesus. He was arrested and produced in the court of law to answer the allega­tions levelled against him. He stated that to be called the Son of God was merely a figure of speech, so that in the Torah the learned doctors had even been called gods:

Ye are gods; and all of you are the children of the Most High.

With regard to the other allegation, Jesus deposed that it was not his purpose to establish any earthly kingdom, but he wanted to set up a kingdom of God. In other words, Jesus recanted and explained that all men being children of God, he was one of them, and he never meant to found a new government.