Jesus turned everything upside down. He desacralized everything – times, places, rituals, altars, hierarchies, traditions. In there place, he ascribed dignity and authority to the human being – ordinary men and women who bear God’s image. He put everything back under the feet of the human ones. Religion – Law, Scripture, everything – must serve them rather than be served by them.
Jesus did not assume a religious persona. He did not advocate religious fasting or support the temple sacrifices. He did not baptize. He did not preach from the Hebrew Bible, although he used it creatively to serve his purposes. He was dismissive of long or repetitious prayers. He set aside the purity code in regard to food, the washing of hands, interaction with women and the touching of lepers. He declared his authority over the Sabbath, and by implication, the whole of the Torah or sacred Scriptures.
Jesus honored the spirit of God wherever it was manifested, but he did not align himself with the religious mentality that sought to legislate the divine or God. And all this he did in solidarity with humankind because he was the son of Adam