Was Jesus a Rebel?
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is the creator of the whole universe, yet when He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man in the flesh, He did not come to go against the law ... on the contrary, He came to fulfill it, which is something no one else could do.
Jesus is the One who gave us laws in the first place! The law shows us His perfection, and our imperfection.
Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Jesus was not a rebel - to rebel is to be rebellious, which means being disobedient. Throughout the entire Bible, Jesus is portrayed as the opposite of a rebel in that He lived the extent of the law, raising it to the level of where it should be; to even think ill of someone is a sin (Matthew 5:21-22).
Jesus was not an anarchist - an anarchist is one who brings terror to others, trying to cause disorder and turmoil. This goes against everything that Jesus stands for. God is love (1 John 4:8), and there is no darkness in Him at all (1 John 1:5). When He came to earth, He did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34), and what this means is that He came to save the world from their sin - to set the captives free and make a way of escape for us, yet this meant that it will cause division because not everyone would accept this free gift of God's grace (Ephesians 2:8).
Jesus is holy, perfect and true. A holy God cannot do evil. No evil comes from Him, everything He does it right. And He has called us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
2 Timothy 1:9 He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our own accomplishments, but according to his own purpose and the grace that was given to us in the Messiah Jesus before time began.
So in truth, we are the ones who are rebels, in need of a Saviour to rescue us from ourselves due to our selfish, sinful ways (Titus 3:5). And when we realise the error of our ways, we repent of our sins, turning from them and choosing to live every day for Jesus Christ in full surrender (Matthew 16:24).
John 1:9-13 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
-- By Jenny Ayling