During his time, Jesus witnessed his cousin John the Baptist preaching redemption and salvation to the masses with little success.
There was extensive poverty among the people. Children were abused and neglected, people were diseased and homeless while the elite walked arrogantly through the streets dressed in fine clothing, adorned with jewelry, their pockets jingling with money. The temple had become a storefront where moneychangers sold their goods.
It was at this time in history that Jesus chose to become a change agent. He believed in what his cousin John lost his life trying to do, open the eyes of the people to the power of love.
While John the Baptist worked alone, Jesus began the “each one teach one” program and recruited twelve disciples to help him spread the word of love.
As the movement gained momentum, the moneychangers began to brainstorm ways to deter the message that was growing quickly among the people; love is more powerful than money and that if the people came together, they could rely upon themselves and each other and take control over their own lives, living together in peace.
Ultimately, the final plan was to turn Jesus into a religious icon, crucify him, make him a martyr and place him on an untouchable pedestal so that no one would try to emulate his success.
It was also important to divide the people the movement brought together, Jesus recruited both Jews and Gentiles. To do that it was necessary to create contention among the groups, so they placed the focus of Jesus’ death on who he was instead of the message he brought. They spread the rumor that the Jews killed him when it was actually the moneychangers who ordered his crucifixion.
Jesus was the most successful grassroots organizer in recorded history. To read his story is to know and understand the trials, tribulations and success of bringing people together in love.
Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
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