Matthew, Chapter 9b-10, Yeshu the zealot prepares for war.
Christianity does not want to see that the historical Yeshu was clearly in close contact with the Zealot party, and the Assassins, known as the Sicari. This is clear in that two of his top twelve disciples are named, Simon the Zealot, and Judah Iscariot (which means Sicari, which was the type of knife used by the assassins, and thus from where they got their name).
Yeshu spoke of the coming kingdom of heaven, this kingdom was to be the imminent reconstitution of the monarchy of House David as the legitimate government over Israel, replacing both the Herodian monarchy, and Roman rule. Needless to say, this type of talk and action was insurrection, and treason, and if the disciples were discovered preaching this “gospel,” like any other terrorist, they would have been arrested, tried and punished. This explains why Yeshu told his followers that they would be persecuted, and killed. This is why he told them to pick up the cross and follow him. This was a call for religious martyrdom. The cross was originally an image of Jewish martyrdom long before it became the symbol of the Christian religion.
Yeshu says that he comes not to bring peace, but a sword. From every other context that we can see, this was meant to be taken literally, as a call to gather forces to rise in insurrection. In its original context, this statement cannot be interpreted metaphorically, as some apologists insist.