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Advent and the Gospel According to Caesar

Did you know that when Caesar conquered new lands he brought with him the Gospel? The Good News according to Caesar was that you and your people were now part of the Roman Empire! Caesar was called the Savior of the World, the Son of God, and the Lord of lords. You would be taxed at high levels so that Caesar could use your money to conquer even more people! Congratulations! Oh, and if you ever thought about resisting, the Good News of Caesar would end up being very Bad News for you. This was the way of Caesar. But there’s another Lord. A man named Jesus. Jesus lived a different way. The early Christians claimed that Jesus was Lord. He was the Son of God and the Savior. But the way of Jesus was very different. It was the way of nonviolent love and forgiveness. Advent gives us a choice. We will prepare the way of the Lord. But which Lord will we choose? Caesar or Christ?