Over the past month, I have had multiple professors claim that Jesus… Christ, the Messiah, the son of Mary and Joseph, etc etc etc, was a rebel against the Roman Empire. They claim to have historical proof. Now… I am a history and Religion major, and though I do not know everything… thank God… I am pretty sure, in fact, 100% damn freaking positive that Jesus was not a rebel against the Roman Empire. First… and my major point, “Render unto Caesars what is Caesars,” etc… and even further, if He was such a revolutionist against Rome, why would Pilate… a Governor of the Emperor… meet with him, in private, and talk “truth,” or rather, veratis with Him.
Granted… the argument, he had a zealot as pat of His twelve… He also had a thief and the one who betrayed Him, He also had a tax collector. So, what does that mean??? Nothing. Jesus only “revolted” against those who used the “religion” of the Hebrew people to exploit them… i.e. the money changers in the Temple, and so forth, as well as those who used the Law to keep the people of God in bondage, which also allowed the Word of God to go out ot the gentiles. So, was Jesus opposed to the Empire of the Roman’s, against the Caesars? No… and that is not why His message spread as fast as it did, it spread due to the truth, the veracity of Hid Words… plus, the Empire which He was supposedly opposed to, helped spread the message.