11. The whole countryside (not the cities) cheered Jesus.

Volcano Pichincha, descent to the hot spring
Volcano Pichincha, descent to the hot spring

In the spring of 36 CE he went in triumph through Palestine. (Imagine a situation as with Napoleon, when in March 1815 he came back from Elba to France.)

Jesus’ followers gave him an enthusiastic reception, but the politically responsible men kept their distance from Jesus: the city gates stayed closed, Mk 1, 45. Unlike Napoleon Jesus was not a military leader, but his fascination was also based on the ideas of liberté, egalité, fraternité (freedom, equality, brotherhood).

Like Napoleon Jesus put an end to traditional aristocracy in favour of a monarchy where suddenly everybody had civil rights and the chance to set up in life.

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