“Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.” Matthew 27:38
Isn’t it fitting that Jesus was crucified alongside “two revolutionaries”?
Revolutionaries are people who desire to see things turned around. They want significant change. They want to overcome something that they don’t like. They want to start a movement. They are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They have a vision for a future that is preferred over the sucky present. They want new leadership because the present leadership is unresponsive, evil, unjust, unfair or ineffective. They are willing to sacrifice everything – including their lives – to make their hopes reality.
But how often do revolutionaries overthrow one dictator only to install a new one? How often are the followers duped by leaders who tell them what they want to hear, but give them none of what they need?
It seems to me that it would be just as accurate for the scripture to read, “Two OTHER revolutionaries were crucified with him”?
Jesus was a revolutionary. He came to overthrow the evil dictator of the highest degree who held the entire world under his destructive grip (John 10:10). He came to take back the mantle of leadership and to rule as a Righteous Judge and Loving Lord (Col. 1:15-20). He came to bring hope and life to those who’d been beaten down and defeated (Col. 2:11-15). He did this not through political maneuvering, but through the sacrifice of His life (John 15:12-14).
Still now, like then, many people reject him because his message and method was just too simple – submit to God; love and serve others.
What a revolution! What a revolutionary!