The creation of the illusion of safety. In roman times, the well organized army seized the hearts of the early believers, imprisoned them, then reminded them, those held captive, that there is safety in us, in us, those who hold you prisoner, modern day philosophers call it the Stockholm syndrome. This diet of fear, grows, as others fall under the control of the tyrant, they even call the tyrant a god, and after awhile, the diet becomes so normalized, it becomes the way of life; well, who can stand against it and survive. Jesus arrived at that time, when the early Hebrews were expecting their Messiah to arrive; because they were used to being oppressed, they assumed, that their deliver, would be a strong man, with power to destroy the occupiers, so they didn’t recognize their deliverer. The rest is history. God allows us to make mistakes in the hope that we will learn and correct them. It happens all the time.
Jesus came with Power from on high, that had to be nourished with the gifts of the Spirit, Human kind, just forgets sometimes, same as we all get muddled, when there is too much confusion around. Whom to fear Jesus says, His words being eternal, as alive today when first spoken; Fear only your Heavenly Father, and when you do, all other fears will simply vanish. For what sort of Spirit is going to make a fool of the Most High God, amen, or even try to lead His children, astray, amen.