The seduction of power and wealth -
and the resistance of Jesus.
Jesus makes his position clear in Chapter 3 of Matthew. He chooses to disassociate himself completely from the corrupt structures and practices of Jerusalem and Rome.
However, the stakes are high and the rulers need to contain the threat. They must bring Jesus back into the fold. They try to seduce him with wealth, land and power.
The attempts fail and Jesus reemphasises his choice by going straight back to Galilee and its marginal peasants. There he asks others to choose the same radical disassociation, and to make the same social and political option, and then he sets about offering and discovering life, healing and wholeness to the people.
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