Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Christ was a revolutionary

The very entry of this revolutionary leader into this world was by splitting the entire era of history into two; AD and BC and no other leader would have made such an impact in the pages of history. Christ was a quintessential and charismatic leader above all His counterparts. If Jesus were not a revolutionary, He would not have challenged the unchallenged; questioned the unquestioned, and He would not have become the voice of the voiceless. He challenged the then existing laws, customs, traditions and authority that brought animosity upon Him. Because of his revolutionary speech and activities He did not get the acceptance as the Son of God among the people and finally his revolutionary activities could get Him three nails and land Him on the cross.

He Himself declared in a revolutionary tone that “Don’t think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but division among you” (Mt. 10:34). He was dare enough to question the temple priests and the higher authority and call them hypocrites for what they have been doing. He vehemently contempt the Pharisees and Sadducees and called them “White washed tombs”, who else would have dared to do so. Unlike any other revolutionary, His revolution was not with any weapon but deeply rooted in His doctrines, teachings and preaching.  

The sublime example to substantiate Christ as a revolutionary is the cleansing of the temple (Mt. 21: 12 – 13). Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money lenders and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’ but you are making it a den of robbers.”

These are some of the revolutionary instances of Jesus from Bible: Healing on Sabbath; Working on Sabbath; Disciple of Jesus plucking and eating grains on the day of Sabbath; Casting demons; Debate on fasting; Debate with temple priests; The tradition of elders; Temple tax, Jesus and Beelzebul, and Jesus cursing the fig tree.

The whole life of Jesus can be summarized into one single sentence that “He went around doing good.” Jesus went around spreading His gospel of love and gave new dimension for love that love your enemy and it is no longer an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. He taught His disciples how to pray and contempt the kind of prayers addressed by Pharisees and Sadducees. He healed the sick and cast out the evil.

The Golden Rule Jesus proposed was that “Do unto others what you want them to do for you”. How wonderful would have been the entire world if we would follow the Golden Rule. Over and again Jesus established that we are not for law but law is for us. He taught us that we should live in accordance with the law unlike the blind practice of the law that of Pharisees and Sadducees.

By His revolutionary speech and activities, He gave new dimension and meaning for Christianity. He renewed Christianity and gave new laws and customs to follow. Jesus pauses a challenge right in front of us that to question the unquestioned; challenge the unchallenged and to be the voice of voiceless. Thus, we, the Christians, should always be guided by the same revolutionary leader Jesus Christ

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