Throughout the New Testament there are references to Jesus’ ability to liberate us from all forms of opression: the myriad of sins we are inclined towards, political and social oppression, even physical things like recovering sight to the blind. And on that note, I would suggest one spectacular way Jesus demonstrates His love to us is by opening our eyes to the “Matrix” or “system” of money worship that usually goes unnoticed by those who are comfortably submitted to the economics of satan (Mt. 6:24-33; 1st Tim. 6:10; Rev. 13:16-18).
Today, (just as in Jesus’ own life and times) there are very few who seek out the truth that He shared during the 3 years before His assassination by the church and state of His day. After all, of the “innumerable multitude” of by-standers and on-lookers who gathered out of curiosity, very few chose to actually follow His teachings (Mt. 7:13-14).
It appears that one of the most UNpopular truths that Jesus reveals to us (working for either God or money) is very similar on some level to the clip below from a 1988 film called “They Live”. In the movie, the lead character is astonished by the sights he sees while wearing a pair of special sunglasses that show him the shocking (satanic) reality behind the system he had grown up in: (pay EXTRA attention to the scene at 3:33)
It’s all there for us to see in black and white (and red, considering many bibles put the words of Christ in that color), almost as if “hidden” in plain sight. But our cultural conditioning, spanning thousands of years, has buried us in traditions that have created a veil or scales over our collective eyes that keep us from seeing the true liberation from greed that Jesus offers all of humanity if we would just devote our lives to building the world that He spoke of.
But how many of us really WANT to see this deep truth that God offered us through the teachings of His son? It’s very uncomfortable and obviously much easier to just “go with the flow”. Besides, you may be thinking to yourself, “that’s just your interpretation of what Jesus taught”. And that sounds reasonable at first glance. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that there is no evidence that Jesus worked for money instead of God (who is love–1st John 4:16). The closest anyone can come to the assumption that Jesus worked for pay is that He was the son of a carpenter named Joseph (Mt 13:55). Even if Jesus had joined in His earthly fathers’ profession, one has to wonder how He kept the business running, considering all the time He spent traveling, preaching, and healing. If Jesus received His own pay for carpentry, why didn’t He just produce a coin from His pocket to pay the temple tax that Peter was asked to pay (Mt. 17:24-27)? Same goes for the fact that Jesus and the disciples were “provided for” by people like “Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager, and Susanna, along with many others who were contributing from their own resources to support them” (Luke 8:3). These seemingly minor points carry huge implications and help us to put all the “puzzle pieces” together with regards to things mentioned in the gospels and throughout the New Testament that generally make no sense without putting on these “Son-glasses”.