3 Reasons Jesus Christ Was A Revolutionary:

These are what you may never have read or heard anywhere about Jesus Christ. In this article, I explained the relationship between the 'son of God' and an ideology.

Let's start with a quote from former Venezuelan socialist leader Hugo Chavez: "Capitalism is the way of the devil and exploitation. If you want to look at things through the eyes of Jesus Christ, who I think was the first socialist, only socialism can create a genuine society". In political terms, a socialist leader is the premier of a government whose ideology is socialism; a system of government that is against private ownership of economic resources supports the even distribution of commonwealth, and champions free education and health care services for the people, especially the poor. A socialist government is usually ushered in by a revolution, and the leaders are referred to as revolutionaries. 

The oxford dictionary defines a revolutionary to mean " involving or causing a complete or dramatic change." A revolutionary, therefore, is someone whose sole aim is to engender total change in the social, economic and political structures and organization of his/her immediate society.

With that point being made, let us now examine the correlation between the life led by Jesus Christ and the revolutionary attitude it depicted. Whether factual or fictional, the biblical story of Jesus Christ, the presumed savior of the world, endears curiosity and skepticism. Some bible scholars believe that the whole essence of the bible was centered around telling his story, more like he was the superhero the bible was trying to portray from Genesis to Revelation. This view is premised on a chapter in the bible, John 1 v 1: 

"In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God" (NKJV). 

The 'word' used in the chapter is believed by this school of thought to symbolize Jesus Christ. As Debbie McDaniel puts it: "Jesus is the fulfillment of scripture. He is the word, he is the light. He is the way, truth and life, God's greatest gift, who came as a tiny baby, with one powerful purpose; to save a lost world" (crosswalk.com). 

However, with the various works that were done by this 'savior' and 'son of God', it would not be befitting to just assume that his life on earth was just a 'fulfillment of scripture.' I think it would be a disservice to the legacy of a character like Jesus Christ to just put him in a simplistic bracket such as that. Here is why I have come up with the following reasons I think Jesus was one of the foremost revolutionaries known to the world.

1.) He was born a freedom fighter: 

Before his birth, the bible records several prophecies about his coming. The most prominent of the prophecies were the ones made by the He talked about the birth of Jesus Christ as being the son of God on whose shoulder "the government shall be" (Isaiah 9:6). The prophet further explains that Jesus was sent as a great gift from God to lead a government that will eventually save the world. 

Jesus Christ, while on earth, may not have been a conventional politician, but his charisma and methods of teaching won him a lot of followers and supporters; hence the Sadducees and Pharisees who held governmental positions were always interested in his teachings.  

2. ) He was interested in the poor: 

Jesus could have opted to be born into a wealthy family on earth; after all, he had all the supernatural powers to make that happen, but he decided to go through the humble routes of being born from a manager to a carpenter and a homemaker. There were no records in the bible that showed Jesus Christ owning a property or a house of his own. Jesus confirms his connections and concerns for the poor in the following statement: "The spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim good news to the POOR. He has sent me to proclaim FREEDOM for the PRISONERS and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the OPPRESSED free" (Luke 4:18). 

The above statement manifested when he fed 5,000 and 4,000 hungry and poor people, respectively, after teaching them. Apart from feeding the poor, Jesus was also renowned for performing miracles that cured people of ailments and diseases without any costs other than their faith in God. This shows that Jesus understood the plight of the poor and advocated for their freedom through his words and deeds. 

3.) He was vilified by the people he set free:

Easter celebrations serve as a reminder to Christians of the resurrection and, more importantly, the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who was betrayed by one of his disciples and denied, in the face of persecution, by another. More so, his experience at Pontius Pilate's makeshift court is perhaps, more thought-provoking. Before giving his verdict on Jesus Christ, Pilate had asked the people to decide the fate of Jesus Christ, and to the bewilderment of Pilate, the people had insisted Jesus be killed; their chants for his death were more than those for the real criminals who were presented after Jesus Christ. 

This shows a clear sequence of betrayal and persecution by close allies and supposed supporters usually experienced by revolutionaries, whether in the past or present. From Lumumba, Sankara, and Guevera to Fela, Gaddafi, and Mandela, revolutionaries have always been victimized mostly by the ones which they sought to advocate for due to their opposition to the status quo and their nonconformity to the existing social, political, or economic order. 

Finally, Jesus was crucified, partly in fulfillment of the scriptural prophecy but mainly because of his revolutionary antecedents towards the organizational structures of society. "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites, you shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to" (Mathew 23:15).

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