One of the things some Christian’s don’t want to hear and many don’t really think about is, Jesus was indeed a trouble maker. It’s easy to think of him as a something different 2000 years after the fact, but consider that the Pharisees and Sadducees were the Israeli government at his time. There he was rileing feathers, flipping tables, and causing descent from government and creating all out public discourse on a very wide scale. From the authorities and many Israelites perspective Jesus was very much a trouble maker and a rebel, that is why they had to get rid of him. He was a very dangerous criminal, worse so he had support of the masses.
One of the things the bible tells us is Satan is lord of all the rebels, however whom are they rebeling against, men or god? The Pharisees for example, were not rebelling against Roman occupation they were rebelling against god, and Jesus was a rebel to them for such.
Now let me stretch your understanding further. Consider Daniel 3, where Nebuchadnezzar passes a law to bow down and worship his statue. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused and when brought to the king they plainly told him:
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Daniel 3: 16-18
What they are saying here could not be more arrogant for criminals who have broken the law of the government, in a trial facing the death penalty. They are virtually spiting in the kings face and they do not care if he’s upset. Now we know how this story ends they get saved from the furnace however the point I’m highlighting is we as Christians seldom appreciate most prophets in the Bible really were trouble makers and law breakers.
The biggest question today for everyone is, If they were alive now would you support them or oppose them?
In the very last of the 7 woes of the Pharisees, Jesus concludes his fit of rage with them in saying:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say;
‘If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets’.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? – Matthew 23: 29-33
Even in our modern times I have seen many righteous trouble makers, and I have watched Christians about ready to stone them to death because of it. I do believe they would have also joined the Pharisees in putting christ on the cross, or perhaps thrown Jeremiah in jail because they were, at the time, rebels of authority… They were only rebels to men whom were consumed by evil, they were not rebels to god and there is a difference. As Christians we must never forget this. The day is sure to come when many such trouble makers will be on the scene, throughout history there has always been such a day. We must know how and when to identify them as they come. Not by what is written about them 100+ years after the fact.
We are not called to be a door mat, nor is the term “Christian Soldier” to be used for wimps who go along to get along. Making waves has a price. If your not paying that price, your just shuffling paper work around.