Despite this evil world being full of selfish, abusive leaders and sinful, miserable people,God has a well organized plan for the eventual salvation of humanity. God sent His Son Jesus Christ with that specific purpose in mind,not to enter politics or to strive against the forces of evil in this world. The good news He brought is not merely about accepting Him and then, as part of this world, helping to make it better, It is about an entirely new way of life and a new government system headed by God the Father and Himself.
However, before He could even begin His ministry, like the first adam, He had to face Satan in the greatest challenge in all eternity, a conflict for the rulership of the earth, he met and conquered Satan through His usage of the Word of God.While Satan quoted Scripture, perverting its meaning, Jesus quoted it and accepted it’s intended meaning.He withstood the Devil’s temptations, rejected his deceptions, refused to obey him, and conquered him by obeying God the Father. At His command, Satan slunk away, defeated.
In that moment, Jesus qualified to replace Satan as ruler over the earth, but it was not the time for Him to be inaugurated into office (John 7:3-6). When Jesus returns to earth, He will take up rule over all humanity as King.
When God calls a person to repentance and conversion, He summons them to forsake former allegiance and transfer all loyalty to Christ. As Paul writes in 2Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Though people in the world heard what Jesus taught, marveling at it (Matthew 7:28-29), they did not believe what He said. Moreover, He intentionally taught principles in the form of parables so that they would not understand, but His disciples understood because He opened their minds (Matthew 13:10-17).His message, we can conclude, was not directed at the world at all. When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar, He replies,”Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” He points out a clear distinction between God’s Kingdom and the nations of the world: They have authority here on earth now and should be obeyed, but they were given that authority by God (Romans 13:1). He, then is the ultimate authority. Though Jesus paid taxes to them (Matt.17:24-27), His first loyalty was to God. As He said, we should follow Him.