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Jesus and Lynching...!

Jesus and Lynching...!

Ah sir, so a gruesome word like ‘lynching’ has been cleverly ascribed to Jesus, a man who lived on earth without sin? There were many who twisted such lines during his life, so that he could be killed, and yet, it was a Roman governor, who cried out after giving Jesus a trial, “I find this man innocent!”

And yet Jesus died, put to death by many who had actually seen Him healing the sick, and even raising the dead.

But sir, because He died, I now have direct access to my God! Because a sinless man, the Son of God, took on Himself, all my sin, now I can walk and talk with God every moment of my life!

What a joy it is, to have God as part of my life, giving me comfort when I am down, joy in my sorrow, helping me to forgive when I am bitter, and giving purpose in my life! But, let us also go into the incident, which you attribute to the beginning of incidents of lynching:

I quote from John 8:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT).

A Woman Caught in Adultery

1. Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,

2. but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.

3. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

5. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6. They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.

7. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

8. Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.

10. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11. “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Jesus did not start a lynching incident, He ended what was once a medieval practice of stoning by law, and which is still practiced in some countries; but never ever Christian!

Before I end, let me add that the freedom we got from the British, through Gandhiji’s ‘Non-Violent’ movement was completely, totally and fully from the Bible, the Holy Book to which you attribute the ‘violence’ of lynching and they were words of Jesus, from His Sermon on the Mount!

Sir, need I say more?

May God be with you..!

 ( bobsbanter@gmail.com)

(Published on 14th October 2019, Volume XXXI, Issue 42)