The Easter parade of egg-wielding bunnies, a crucified Jewish king and the consumption of bad chocolate is a supermarket dealer’s dream. The real message, if there is one, of Easter is one of every epoch: the powerful rule, the weak submit.
The parade of Jesus on a donkey on Palm Sunday and his subsequent execution on the cross are not signs of God’s love for humans but a stark reminder of the ruthlessness of power, in this case Roman power. Jesus was crucified under Roman statutes that forbade sedition, that is speaking and acting against Caesar and not accepting Roman authority. Sedition was the only crime punishable by crucifixion under Roman law. Jesus did this by re-enacting the Jewish tradition of parading the king into the capital on a lowly donkey, a symbol of humility and service, the ethical underpinnings of the king/priest bloodline that Jesus was the natural heir too.
This tradition went back to the time of King David, another Jewish king who was made to humble himself before god and country for his misdemeanours against morality by having a soldier sent to the front lines to die so he could steal his wife, Bathsheba. Unfortunately for Jesus, the Romans had invaded Judea and usurped his kingship, stolen his country and economically enslaved his people. Their ethos was diametrically opposed to those of the Jewish tradition, thus the natural conflict. Much like the West has done in Iraq.
Those two so-called thieves on Jesus’s right and left were also seditious rebels crucified in the usual mass executions the Romans loved, as a way to subdue the recalcitrant Jews and reinvigorate Roman oppression.
The rest of the current interpretation of the story is all hogwash dreamed up by successive priests, monks and others scribing away during the medieval period as they holed themselves up in walled monasteries against the plague. Their imaginations can be witnessed in the highly illustrated margins of their codexes where strange animals are depicted, all no doubt formed in their fevered imaginings and nightmares. As we have learnt, confinement is not very good for the mind. Ask those people at Guantanamo jail.
Boredom breeds creativity and the story of Jesus has to rank as one of the most creative acts of monkish boredom in history. It sits there alongside the Nazi regime’s debauched views of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and others and is nothing more than the churches’ propaganda fide, the so-called true message that became so after centuries of repetition and mistranslations, and baldfaced, wilful and inventive lies.
The entire thing is explained succinctly in Laurence Gardener’s book The Bloodline of The Holy Grail. As shown by the way Howard, Bush and Blair sold two wars based on lies, we see that you can fool most of the people some of the time. The churches have done better. They have been fooling most of the people most of the time.
Michael Mizzi, Tabulum