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((Hugs)) I apologize for making something simple,

too complex. To simplify the post:

1. Jesus came to free us from religion that is judgmental, and especially state-run religions. (Caesar worship was the worship of the Roman empire, but they honored the Jews' right to worship the One True God) When the Pharisees came with the Jewish supporters of Herod, they figured they would trap him into affirming an either/or position: Either you fully submit to Caesar, or to God.

Instead He answered, "Give to Caesar what is rightfully Caesar's , and to God what is rightfully God's." In other words: Caesar is king, and has certain rights as such. God is sovereign even over kings, so only God should rightfully be worshiped.

2. As my pastor spoke about this Sunday, He also (and primarily) came to free us from the tyranny of our own sin. We all (my self especially) do things that we later regret. (Romans 7)

Jesus gave his life in a rescue operation, rescuing us from the tyranny of sin: John 8:34 - 36. (Matthew 27: 33 - 44, Mark 15: 21 - 32, Luke 23: 26 - 48, John 19: 17 -30) (Romans 8)

3. He will yet free us from the tyranny of statists: When He rose from the dead, He broke the seal of Rome, which would have ment a death sentence in itself.

They could not put Him to death again, because He rose. There was nothing they could do to prevent His resurrection, and no statist can prevent His return. (that's why the 2nd half of my tagline is "Love won! Deliverance is on its way).

.. The conclusive evidence of victory was:
the tearing of the Temple curtain, which revealed His victory over the tyranny of sin. His victory over the 'judicial activists' who added extra laws to the Constitution of Israel (the Older Testament) was also confirmed by this event.

Also, His Resurrection, which was both a triumph over the unbelieving, 'religious leaders' (who more often acted like judicial activists than Scriptural leaders) and also the Roman statists. (See point 3)

Blessings on you and yours as well.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15