29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (Luke 5)
|"Simon the Zealot" being interviewed by State Anti Terror officers, after he joined Jesus 'Reclaim' movement.|
Reclaim and United Patriots Front (UPF) rallies recently attracted considerable interest from both the Media and Left wing elements, such as the Socialist Alliance (SA) and it's attack dog "Antifa". I want to relate all this to some experiences of Jesus in the Gospels.
When Jesus was embarking on his 'Reclaim' mission, he called some very odd people to join 'the movement'...... At first he grabbed a couple of blokes from the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) He first impressed the local shop steward "Simon" (Peter) with a very much above award catch of fish... So, Peter joined Jesus' "Union" quick smart... Then two partners of Simon, James and John bin Zebedee.. Jesus also called some 'right wing extremists' to join him.. namely another Simon who was called a Zealot. He was a kind of 'neo nazi' type who spent his time looking for Roman Soldiers to plant a dagger in.
Not long after Jesus 'organized' his first fledgling 'union' and Reclaim team, he managed to achieve some amazing outcomes for various people.. healing their diseases (he was offered a top spot in the HSU but declined). Soon, he encountered some opposition. After all, achieving such 'wage and condition' and health outcomes for the battlers, he was quickly marked by the Liberal Party as a 'dangerous man' and put on the 'terrorist watch list'.....
But then, he did something that got up the nose of the SA and Antifa, he attended a wingding party at the home of an ultra conservative Liberal party supporter named Levi.. a bloke who collected Tax++ from the poor workers. (The ++ being his secret commissions). The Liberals removed Jesus from the 'Terror Watch List' when they saw him joining with their crowd at Levi's place for an 'up market fund raiser' for their next election.
He's not doing too well by now... he's annoyed the CFMEU and the MUA by taking some of their rising stars (Simon, John and James) now he's further irritated them by 'colluding and consorting' with the elite rich and upwardly famous 1% (Levi). But then....he alienated himself from the rich mob by demonstrating powers of healing that raised him well and truly above their levels to a dangerous political potential. He was claiming to be able to 'forgive sins'.... Cardinal George Pell became agitated feeling his own position under some threat, but Archbishop Peter Jensen in Sydney started waving 'Galilee flags' applauding Jesus! He was from this point on.. a marked man.
Jesus just continued along his journey, clearly declaring that his destiny was a cross, not a cathedral, so he lived in the odd cave or two..in various 'rooming houses'.... anywhere he and his Reclaimers could lay their heads. In spite of the sincerity and purity of his motive and movement, the mainstream media tried to vilify and attack both Him and his movement because with all this 'miracle working' stuff.. they all felt threatened.
Finally, the entrenched Union leadership and the ensconced elite big business interests found common ground in hating Jesus 'Reclaim' movement... and they had a mass rally at the palace of Pontius Pilate the local United Nations Governor , where antifa agitators were employed to stir up the crowd to call for the release of a murderer-Barabbas, rather than the sinless Jesus.
|The Antifa Crowd calling for Barabbas to be freed and for Jesus to be crucified!|