By Rev. Ronald Stelzer
Caiaphas Continues the Impeachment Process
CAIAPHAS: Thus far we have brought against this man Jesus of Nazareth, one who regards himself to be our king having authority over us, three articles of impeachment. The first was for blasphemy, taking upon himself the honor that belongs to God alone. The second was for his constant, repeated and irreverent breaking of our laws of the Sabbath. The third was for disrespect and insubordination to authority, in particular to our founding fathers as well as our religious leaders – especially our Pharisees, the most rule-observing, law-abiding among us, whom he has called purveyors of fake news and has given them derogatory names and labels I cannot repeat in good company. After all, if I must preside over this court, I must be presidential.
Some have accused us of having a personal vendetta against Jesus – of opposing him out of jealousy or even hate. I am the high priest! I am a pious, religious, devout person. I don’t hate him. I don’t hate anybody. I pray for him. I take no delight in bringing forth these articles of impeachment. I do it with great sadness. I do it for the sake of our country – out of great concern for the future of this nation. For this man Jesus presents a dire threat to our national security. And he must be dealt with – he must be obstructed – he must be resisted with all seriousness and with urgency in a bipartisan manner.
Jesus Must Be Stopped
We go to the 4th article of impeachment, based on the next of the Ten Commandments. In short, Jesus must be impeached for murder. “Thou shalt not kill,” as the Law of Moses says.
You may ask, “Who has he murdered?” I wish I could point to one person he murdered. I wish it were that simple. He has not murdered anyone – yet, but I can prove to you that he intends to kill many. Maybe not to kill any or many himself, but to have the Romans do it for him. He has weapons of mass destruction; they are in the hands of the occupation forces of Rome all around us. His obvious plan is to destroy our nation, and use Rome to do it, and in the process many will suffer and many will die. And we must stop him before it comes to this.
Destroying the Temple is Treason
He uses inflammatory language that incites violence and societal breakdown if not total chaos. He has actually said, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will build it up again.” It took us 46 years to build it using best materials and many of our most talented people – to the glory of our God and our nation. And he tells us to “Destroy this Temple!” This is nothing short of treason.
Not only that, we have an inside source, one of his disciples, a whistleblower – for his protection I can’t reveal who he is, who has informed us that Jesus told his disciples when they were admiring the beauty of our capital city and Temple – Jesus said, “See these stones. Not one will be standing on another.” This implies – no it clearly states, if not advocates – the total destruction of Jerusalem and the end of our nation – the virtual genocide of our people! Jesus is obviously treasonous and murderous. I don’t know what he is up to or how he plans to accomplish it. But I know this: He must be stopped! He must be impeached!
Better for One Man to Die
As I recently advised our Sanhedrin in a hastily called emergency meeting following his alleged raising of an alleged dead man named Lazarus, and with his following of supporters growing to unmanageable levels, I said to them, “You know nothing at all. You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
I rest my case.
Lazarus Takes the Stand
LAZARUS: I am Lazarus of Bethany. I’m the one Caiaphas referred to who was raised from the dead by Jesus. I remember being very sick, and the next thing I remember I heard Jesus say in a loud voice: “Lazarus, come out!” I walked out of a cave covered in grave cloths, which Jesus told those standing by to remove from me. My sisters Mary and Martha told me I had died – and had been dead and buried for four days. They didn’t want the gravestone to be removed from the entrance to the tomb, because they were afraid my decaying body would stink. I didn’t stink, and I felt very much alive and well. Jesus is not a murderer. He is a life giver.
Jesus is The Resurrection and the Life
I am not the only one He has raised from the dead. Jairus, the synagogue ruler, saw Jesus raise his recently deceased 12 year-old daughter. Jesus also interrupted a funeral procession of the only son of a widow of Nain, by telling the corpse to come out of his casket. There are many witnesses to these miracles – as there are to mine. My sister Martha told me that Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” I believe Him. I am living proof.
Jesus once said, “The enemy comes to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”
I can testify that He has not only given me life; He has changed – transformed – my quality of life.
Jesus Promises Everlasting Life
Not only that – Jesus promises eternal life for all who believe in Him. He said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
“For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
“and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice “and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Jesus Cry’s for Jerusalem
Jesus is no murderer. He is a life giver. He does not desire or cause the death of anyone. His tears have flowed for Jerusalem, because they did not recognize or accept when God visited them – when thy sought to impeach their Savior! You say impeach him. I say, “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!”
The Impeachment Continues
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About The Author
Pastor: Rev. Ronald Stelzer is a 3rd generation minister in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and 2nd generation teacher and coach in Lutheran schools.
He was raised in a six-child family in Kansas and Indiana, graduated from St. Paul's Lutheran School and Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Davidson College in North Carolina and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and Fort Wayne.
He and wife Margaret of 35 years have six grown children and six grandchildren. He has served two years in sports ministry with Athletes in Action, a year in youth missions with Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, four years as chaplain/teacher/coach at his high school alma mater, and 35 years as pastor of Our Savior, where he helped found and lead Our Savior New American School 28 years ago.
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