Cato.org: Jesus as outlaw

Jesus’s Very Life Began in an Act of Defiance to Government—
and Would Later End in Defiance to Government
by James Redford.

If it were not for Joseph and Mary’s intentional act of defying that which they knew to be king Herod the Great’s will and escaping with baby Jesus from out of Herod’s midst as fugitives to the land of Egypt Jesus would have then been mercilessly killed amongst the slaughter of the innocence.  Needless to say His ministry and the fulfillment of Scripture would have never come about.

But his parents didn’t and as they, that was the difference, to Him and us.  So in the most fundamental of regards, there is a great antagonism from the very start between Jesus and government,Jesus was born into the world as a criminal and would latter be killed as a criminal—a criminal as regarded by the government, that is. And what was baby Jesus’s crime?  See Matthew 2:1–6  NKJV we find the answer:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea, for thus it is written by the prophet

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

His crime was that he as an  infant in swaddling clothes was threatening the great and mighty Herod and Herod was so troubled at the thought that there might be someone else who people would come to regard that he ordered the merciless destruction of hundreds of boys.  Anyone reading this today would laugh themselves silly, the great Roman ruler  Herod regarded a baby boy as a threat to his power.

Yet it is my judgement and this document’s central thesis that Herod was correct in his assessment of Jesus as being a threat to his power—although not just to Herod as an individual but to all that Herod represents, in a word: government; along with the unholy usurpation, deception and subjugation of people that it necessarily follow.

Why?  Because  Jesus’s Kingdom is to the functional opposite of any Earthbound kingdom which has ever existed. And for government, this is the ultimate crime of which Jesus was guilty, and which required His extermination.  Here we read of this pivotal act of holy defiance to the government, without which there would be no Christ as we know:

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

When Joseph rose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

So enraged was Herod upon learning that the wise men had disobeyed his order to report back to him on the location of baby Jesus that he ordered the extermination of all the male children in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas from age two and younger, all in the hopes that baby Jesus would be among the slaughtered.

It was only after king Herod the Great had perished that Joseph brought his family out of the land of Egypt, Read the rest here.

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