What Jesus commanded Jews during Roman 'Jim Crow'

This is what Jesus taught His followers to do while suffering as Jews under 'Jim Crow' by the Romans: 

Matthew 5:38-48
38 You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 but I say to you that you resist not evil: but whoever shall strike you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloke also.
41 And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.
42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not away.

43 You have heard that it has been said, You shalt love your neighbour, and hate your enemy.
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if you greet your brothers only, what do you more than others? Do not even the publicans so?
48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

At no time did Jesus stage direct-action, sting-operation provocations, civil disobedience law breaking, troublemaking disregard for government, hostility-arousing protests, headstrong marches, bitter complaining, resentment-fomenting, pot-stirring speeches, etc. against the Roman "Jim Crow" oppression of His fellow Jews. No one left Jesus' meetings mad at the Romans, stoked up for rioting and looting, breathing threats, posturing for intimidation.
Jesus' methodology leaves no lingering embarrassment, no animosity, no simmering resentment, no racial division.  Jesus' approach was to overcome evil with good, to put out fire with water.

Jesus focused His ministry of preaching and miracles, instead, against the oppression of the Jews' own corrupted religious leaders and traditions and against each individual's sin, ignorance, and distrust of God.
And the freedom Jesus guided His listeners into was the everlasting freedom of spirit that only comes through love for God and one's fellow man. 

Jesus taught nothing promoting identification by "race."  The Apostle Peter realized from a vision the irrelevance before God of "race."  And the Apostle Paul taught that in Christ there are no racial subdivisions, we are all one in Christ.

Ironically, those Jews who rejected Jesus' way demanded the Romans put Jesus to death as a capitol criminal around 30 AD.  But by 313 AD the Roman Empire was driven to its knees to willingly repent of its war on Christians (Edict of Toleration, Edict of Milan, etc.) and eventually declare itself a Christian nation.  By Christians simply following Christ's commands, Romans surrendered to Christ faster than they could kill Christians.  This is how 'Jim Crow' oppression is overcome, the Jesus way.


Jesus lent His authority to Peter as He sent him out.  This is what the Apostle Peter understood from Jesus' teaching:

1 Peter 2:11-23 (WEB)
11) Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12) having good behavior among the nations (ethnic peoples), so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13) Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether to the king, as supreme;
14) or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evildoers and for praise to those who do well.
15) For this is the will of God, that by well-doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16) as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
17) Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king (government leader).
18) Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked.
19) For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.
20) For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.
21) For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps,
22) who did not sin, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
23) Who, when he was cursed, didn’t curse back. When he suffered, didn’t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously;


The Apostle Peter accepted Paul as an apostle and recognised Paul's writings as Scripture.  This is what the Apostle Paul wrote sometime between the Caesers Caligula and Nero:

Romans 13:1-10 (WEB)
1) Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.
2) Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment.
3) For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same,
4) for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn’t bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
5) Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
6) For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are servants of God’s service, attending continually on this very thing.
7) Give therefore to everyone what you owe: taxes to whom taxes are due; customs to whom customs; respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor.
8) Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
9) For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not give false testimony,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
10) Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.