I might not believe in god but I reckon Jesus was a real historical figure. He is mentioned (briefly) in Roman historical documents from that time as being the leader of a small Jewish cult.
However I am not so much interested in the spiritual or religious aspects of Jesus as to his politics.
There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus was a Socialist. He preached equality. He said that it was harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. He overturned the tables of the money lenders.
Jesus was for the ordinary working man and against the wealthy elites. He extolled people to share, to help each other, to look after the poor, needy and sick. He was a man of the people.
Jesus did not offer people opulence, luxury, power or wealth. He rejected all that when offered by the devil. He believed in justice, equality and fairness.
A man after my own heart.
If Jesus came back and preached the same message now he’d be called a commie pig and they’d find a way of killing him, of that I’m sure.
Woody Guthrie summed it up for me with his song Jesus Christ:
Jesus Christ – Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land
A hard-working man and brave
He said to the rich, “Give your money to the poor,”
But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot
Has laid Jesus Christ in His Grave
He went to the preacher, He went to the sheriff
He told them all the same
“Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor,”
And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.
When Jesus come to town, all the working folks around
Believed what he did say
But the bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on the cross,
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.
And the people held their breath when they heard about his death
Everybody wondered why
It was the big landlord and the soldiers that they hired
To nail Jesus Christ in the sky
This song was written in New York City
Of rich man, preacher, and slave
If Jesus was to preach what He preached in Galilee,
They would lay poor Jesus in His grave.