We Believe that Jesus is Lord

Jesus of Nazareth was born under, lived within and was ultimately performed by, one of the most effective and engaging royal powers in history. It is extremely possible that if Jesus were living today he would be held detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib or some other ‘secret jail’ for troubling and overturning the ‘peace’ of the empire. I read this once in Christian coffee mugs.

With the anxious and unstable marital relationship of the church and the Roman Empire came the compromise of the gospel and the institutionalization of Jesus’ counter-cultural, nonviolent resistance motion. Jesus has actually ended up being absolutely nothing more than a separated spiritual figure unimportant to politics, economics, and other social concerns; in brief, Jesus has actually ended up being uninvolved in and unassociated to the modern-day royal world. Jesus needs to be comprehended within history and within his socio-political context, lest we run the threat of crucifying him all over once again.

Given that at least 539 BCE, the Hebrew individuals had actually been ruled and controlled by some sort of royal power; the Romans were not the very first overlords. By the time a Jewish peasant called Jesus was born in a little agrarian town on the fringes of the empire, the world was experiencing an age of ‘peace’ and security it had actually never ever understood. Roman royal ideology, certainly Roman royal faith was in essence peace through war and success, peace through dominance and conquest.

Jesus of Nazareth was born under, lived within and was ultimately carried out by, one of the most effective and engaging royal powers in history. It is extremely likely that if Jesus were living today he would be held detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib or some other ‘secret jail’ for troubling and overturning the ‘peace’ of the empire.

Jesus has actually ended up being absolutely nothing more than a removed spiritual figure unimportant to politics, economics, and other social problems; in brief, Jesus has actually ended up being uninvolved in and unassociated to the modern-day royal world. Hence, to state Jesus as the Boy of God, the Rescuer and the Redeemer is to equal the royal authority.

Hence, to state Jesus as the Boy of God, the Hero and the Redeemer is to match the royal authority. For the early church, prior to Constantine, stating lordship of Jesus intentionally and purposefully overturned and opposed the supremacy of the empire. To be a Christian was to be a significantly apolitical and counter-cultural revolutionary who vowed one’s obligation to Jesus and God’s kingdom rather than earthly Powers.