Innocence and violence

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to your desolate… (Luke 13:34-35)
The negative attitude of those who could help Jesus in his task of non-violence (such as the disciples who quarreled for a place in the sun) postpones the manifestation of the Kingdom of heaven. Its advent by the direct way of approval by all fails because of indifference, unbelief and disdain of the crowd, which all suffocates the evangelic message.
Refuse Jesus’ light on violence and its works is to refuse the Kingdom of heaven. Moreover, because people do not seriously take the warning about violence and refuse to follow Jesus, the Kingdom of heaven can be manifest only by the indirect way that passes by the violent death of the innocent Jesus and an Apocalypse. In addition, since the world today does not take more seriously Jesus’ warning about violence, the truth will show itself but through human violence out of proportion. It is the "broad” way of a tragic and catastrophic mutation, the responsibility of which falls to men.
The redeeming virtues of the death of Jesus have no relation with the world of violence. Therefore, Jesus cannot pray for the world without canceling his own work and countering of the Kingdom of heaven. When he says: the world will pass and my words will not pass Jesus means that his words remain forever and that they will have a destructive effect on the world. His words reveal that the world cannot and does not want to hear the truth about itself without disappearing.
Throughout his entire life Jesus-Christ imitates this God of love who causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. It is his life of faithfulness towards the word of God that enlightens men about what awaits them if they persist in their human ways. The Stake justifies the ardor that Jesus shows in his relations with those who have ears not to hear and eyes not to see. Silence would negate love and to leave men in the destiny which they build up themselves without noticing it. That is why Jesus obliges himself, although his message causes dissensions, to prevent men of the threats who weigh on them. His mission to warn was to deter men from the fatal path of sin. It is comparable to that Son of man which was addressed by God in these terms:
Speak to the sons of your people, and say to them, if I bring a sword upon a land and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman… so you will hear a message from my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked: ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die’, and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.
(Ezekiel 33:1-11)
The preaching of Jesus reveals the violent nature of the temple institutions and families. The priesthood sees in him a corrupter of worship, the end of religion, and accuses him of unjustified violence, offending words and disrespect for their freedom. Therefore, Jesus cannot continue to stay in a world where his word is neither listened to nor received, and God's word scoffed. As a victim of opponents who decided not to listen to him, Jesus must necessarily die. He assumes the risks and pays to spare men the terrible fate that awaits them. He will be the perfect victim, the most innocent and the only one able to reveal the real nature of the sin, which is violence.
Can there be a compromise between: to kill and to be killed? Is it necessary that the innocent becomes a victim of violence? To answer these questions it is necessary to know that the relative peace which humanity enjoys is, paradoxically, the result of violence that it practices. However, it would be enough to destroy any violence that men turn the other cheek so that no cheek would be slapped. If all men loved their enemies as Jesus, there would be no longer any enemies. The refusal of the word of life leads people to turn against Jesus and make him a scapegoat. Jesus died because of his absolute faithfulness to the love of neighbor he lived until the end in the infinite intelligence of his own preaching:
Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13)
Jesus is the first man to attain the purpose assigned by God to humanity, the only one who owes nothing to violence and its works, the only one who achieved the vocation belonging to men. If to say, It is finish he had to go through death, it is not because of a divine requirement but because of the wicked violent men. Jesus dies so that there will never again be bloody sacrifices, and to personify this word of God:
I desire compassion and not sacrifice.
(Matthew 9:13)
God who is Love has no requirements! As Father towards his son Jesus, he has no other purpose than that addressed to all men:
Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father.
(Matthew 5:44)
Many Christians consider themselves unable to become identified with this word of the Father to become his sons. They flee their responsibility by claiming that God employed violence himself by demanding the bloody death of his sons. What nonsense! Not God but men killed Jesus because they are unable to be reconciled without killing. Jesus' death has nothing to do with any divine punishment; it is the consequence of his love of neighbor, perfect love. Certainly, Jesus pronounces this sentence Yet not my will, but yours be done which indeed relates to his death. However, far from expressing a divine requirement, it simply reflects the fact that to continue to live would mean resigning himself to violence.
To kill is to die, to die it is to kill. Not to love his brother and to kill him are the same thing. The day that Cain understood that killing is not to love, he complained: Whoever finds me will kill me.
By giving his own life in order not to kill, Jesus frees himself from the vicious cycle of violence, sin and death. Agreeing to lose ones life is to preserve it eternally, and to know the fullness of love.
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren... and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
(I John 3:14-16).