He was arrested,falsely accused, beaten, mocked, and nailed to a cross. This was how the Empire treated all insurrectionists. Fear, self-protection, hatred, and violence. This is the cycle of the human condition. You cannot defeat it with violence, otherwise you simply perpetuate the cycle.

Jesus threw a wrench into the system.

He broke down barriers of fear and hatred. He loved the people “good people” weren’t supposed to love. He spoke truth to power in non-violence. Then, he allowed himself to be destroyed by the violence…and forgave it.

Jesus enters our mess with us and walks through it with us.

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