Humans have turned exacerbating the messes we make into an art form. The liberation that has taken place through the work of Father Son and Spirit is the only hope for humanity....for each and every individual to live in freedom. There seems to be a big problem though. Religious training has left us malformed and that malformation has distorted (in the minds of those who have been trained religiously) what liberation means.
Jesus so clearly described and demonstrated love. He so clearly demonstrated a life of living in that love....loving his Father and his neighbor...the very fulfillment of the law. He truly lived free of all the lies of this realm that are perpetuated by the fallen mind.
Show me a human that has picked up worldly power and I believe we will be looking at a human that is living in violation of God the Father and his neighbor. It is what it is. It's one of those things Jesus refused to pick up. Maybe there is a lesson in that reality for us to ponder? If the cross is the power of God (and I believe it is) maybe Jesus submitting and dying at the hands of human violence and worldly power really was a liberation from the violent realm of uncertainty for all who would follow him? (again, I believe it is) It just isn't the kind of liberation religion teaches us to look for. Think about this......Isn't that why the Jews missed the Messiah?
Things haven't changed much now have they?
Like often happens a song (Michael Card) that I haven't heard in years is now playing in my head:
They mocked his true calling
and laughed at His fate
So glad to see the Gentle One
consumed by their hate
Unaware of the wind and the darkening sky
So blind to the fact that it was God limping by