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In attempting to seek the truth of the story of Jesus we are led astray
by the redaction of early authors and the spiritual spin of Early Church leaders.
This camouflage has merely been exacerbated by the netting of ages
and the self-protective devices of more recent priests.
Yet we can see a clearer, more practical, vision
of the mission and message of Jesus,
if we delve with open eyes
into the Gospels.

After his meeting with John, the Baptist, and the inspiration derived from his message:
Jesus retired to the desert to think it through and returned with a new revolutionary message:
"The Kingdom of God is at Hand!" calling for people to make it real in the here and now.
It was a cry that touched the heart of the people, the down-trodden, poverty-stricken peasants;
the people whom Jesus met as he travelled on what were basically recruiting drives.
so we read of individual conversions, interpreted as divine miracles,
and mass rallies of thousands in the deserted hillsides of Galilee.
People were recruited for a radical new lifestyle of sharing.
"All for one and one for all" they might have cried.

We read of problems with local authority, a problem that recurred again and again,
and of negotiating a base for the organisation both in Galilee and in Judea (Luke 10).
We read of escapes across the lake, taking shelter in the neighbouring province, the Decapolis.
We read of village recruitment gatherings in the dusk, after the work of the day is done
and of problems whilst trying to put his message over in the local synagogue.
We read of interaction with different classes of society, even with the military.

Another thread is of those who are raised from the dead, implying rescue from arrest or some other fate.
Crowds seem to follow everywhere, and the effect of the Message is reported as miracles of shared food,
in which poverty stricken people share enough to feed four or five thousand people at a time.
There are reports of healed people, and of caught fish as symbols of conversions to the cause.
People who are blind to the truth are healed, as are those who will not speak of their allegiance.
Every form of allegory is used to identify the impact of the revolutionary doctrine.

It was a doctrine of revolution, but not of armed rebellion to the might of Rome.
It was a doctrine that called people to the ways of God's Kingdom.
It was sedition for it denied the rule of Caesar,
making Jesus their Lord; his Way their rule.