My Favourite Revolutionary

Jesus is my favourite revolutionary.

Reading about people who have stood up against the establishment is something that I have always enjoyed. Whether it’s Che Geuvara, George Washington or Ghandi! They were men who showed courage and were prepared to die for what they believed in. They have inspired millions throughout history to join revolutionary causes. I have appreciated reading about these political revolutionaries and have learned much from them. However, Jesus is my favourite revolutionary by a country mile. Why?

Jesus example warrants marvel: Even in the agonies of crucifixion, Jesus’ prayer for his enemies is astonishing, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  (Luke 24:34)

Jesus’ words are truly revolutionary, “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill- treat you.” (Luke 6:27-28) Imagine a world where these commands were obeyed!

Jesus’ power and compassion point to his true identity; A grieving widow loses her only son to the clutches of death only to find that Jesus has the compassion and authority to bring this dead man back to life. ‘When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said “Young man, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother’. (Luke 7:14-15)

Ultimately, Jesus is my favourite revolutionary because he lifts my vision beyond the selfish narcissism of my generation through his selfless love. He confronts my petty addiction to consumption through his call to justice and righteousness. He encourages the best in humanity through his command to love your enemies and he proves to be the only revolutionary leader who conquered the grave. Jesus is my favourite revolutionary because he revolutionised my life and he can do the same for you. Why not take a look yourself?

Daniel Ryan is minister at Northern Beaches Church in Curl Curl

Daniel Ryan
Northern Beaches Church