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                   chosen People. It is true that He was one of the Prophets who contributed to the fame

                   of the community. It is true also that the most spiritual elements of the population were

                   becoming more and more interested in His doctrine. But the latter was the cause of
                   many schisms which, on the political plane, were responsible for the weakening of the

                   State of Judea.

                          On studying the situation, the Sanhedrin seem to have resolved to utilize Jesus as

                   the leader of the resistance against the Romans, they went so far as to incite the people

                   to make Him their King. But this plan came to nought and, logically, it was necessary to
                   do away with Jesus. For, as His Kingdom was "not of this world", He could only be an

                   obstacle to the unity of the nation and to the sacred political aims of the Sanhedrin. St.

                   John has left us an account of this tentative to make Jesus the instrument of national


                          Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, this is of a
                   truth that Prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived

                   that they would come and take Him by force to make Him a king, he departed again into
                   a mountain himself alone .

                          So, Jesus declined. Besides, did He not repeat ceaselessly that His Kingdom was
                   not of this world?

                          For the Sanhedrin, whose judgment was purely worldly, He had to disappear.


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                        John, VI, 14-15. This was after the miracle of the feeding of 5000 men with five breads.
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