During this time of heightened consciousness around immigration, racism, and foolery that is our current administration, I see many memes and social media statuses that use Jesus' life as a way to argue and point out the hypocrisy of the US, a country that identifies heavily as one who follows Christian ideology, the very doctrine the story of Jesus flows from.
In these posts, authors go on noting Jesus' refugee identity and the situation of his parents, with the story pretty much stopping there, and I suppose that's cool or whatever. But for me, we are in a time where folks are not just committed to proving an argument but also in being agents of creating social change, something Jesus was adamant about doing. If you, like myself, have read the story of Jesus, you know that he caused a good amount trouble in 3 years before he was taken captive and led to his death. Surprisingly, the Bible documents ALL of this story and tells us how things went down before Jesus gave up the ghost (literally lol), which brings me to my next point.
If we believe the history of Jesus to be true, then also allow his fate (and those of the disciples) to serve as a reminder during this time of turmoil. The son of God as we know it was murdered for fighting against powers that didn't want to see people be free. They didn't want the sick healed. They didn't want the guilty forgiven. Most of all, they didn't want to be held accountable for their lack of holiness and integrity while upholding others to a standard they KNEW they were not interested in meeting.
As a result, Jesus was captured and tortured publicly. People came to see his death like we used to gather around the TV for world premieres. While dying, he was mocked, scorned, and disregarded. Those who were closest to him vanished. Those who decided to show up in support were also ridiculed. EVEN AFTER HE DIED AND ROSE AGAIN (this man came back to life with holes in his hands and feet and the ASCENDED in the sky!), HIS HIS DISCIPLES WERE FLOGGED & KILLED. THEY WERE OSTRACIZED FROM SOCIETY. BLACKLISTED AND MARKED AS A DISGRACE TO THEIR CULTURE. We revere him today, but in his time, even those who went to the synagogue with him, ate the fish he prayed for, knew his parents, etc., were also screaming "crucify him!"
I say this all to say, social change comes at a price and even when having paid the ultimate charge, change is not guaranteed. How many people you know still on the "battlefield" fighting for the Lord? More so, how many people you know perceive the violence and disruption we're currently facing as normal or some doing of God's will? Let us learn from Jesus' story. Some people would rather kill you than change. They'd rather make a spectacle out of your fight for peace and equity than do their part to ensure people are dealt with justly. I mean, Jesus had special powers and EVERYTHING! Think about how his healing could've revolutionized society. Think of how his ability to create food could have impacted famine. Liken his life to that of revolutionaries past and present and you will see their fate ended the same way.