Imperial Evil and Divine Forgiveness

(Slightly modified from the other blog.)

And, just for contrast:

Two very different God-Kings… but only one still has authority today.

Surprisingly, it’s the one with Divine, and not Imperial, Authority whose commandments have proven to have staying power.

Regardless of the profound hostility of the Ruling Class, then and now.

The artist chose to clothe Jesus with blue and red robes. Very perceptive. After all, the clothing of the High Priest in Exodus 28 is primarily of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet.

Blue, purple, and scarlet.

As in ‘beaten black and blue.’1

The smiling Imperial soldier would no doubt consider the priestly clothing a perfect fit for the crown He is wearing.

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Luke 23:34, King James Version

It’s worth noting that Christ asked His Father to forgive the brutal, emperor-worshiping Roman soldiers… and not the spiritually superior religious conservatives that engineered Jesus’ execution.

I am confident that both prayers were answered: the one that was spoken, and the one that was not.2

Something for a student of Rome – and everyone else – to reflect on.

1The gold is not for Christ as He walks the Way of Sorrows, but for later.

2A good Household Servant hears his master, and obeys.
A great Household Servant hears what his master does not say… and obeys that order, too.

For the answer to the first prayer, see Matthew 8:5-13, and Acts 10… and the small children in the Andes and the Congo and Ulaanbaatar and Hawaii practice saying the name ‘Augustus’ for the local Nativity Play.

After all, Jesus was a Subject of Rome: not the Han Dynasty, or the Parthian Empire, or the Satavahana Empire. And it will be Augustus’ name that will be remembered to the end of time, not those other men.

God made certain of that.

For the answer to the second prayer, see the destruction of the Second Temple at the hand of the Roman Legions, at AD 70.

For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Matthew 24:28, King James Version

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