Fred Harrison reveals why Jesus had to die. According to Fred, the New Testament parable of the vineyard (Mark 12) was the first lecture on public finance in history. Jesus explained that the rent of land was sacred income that had to be reserved for the common good. Its misappropriation was a form of cheating. The parable exposed the social elites who enjoyed the protection of the occupying Roman imperial military. These elites realized they had to silence Jesus — i.e., to preserve their powers and privileges. That’s why he was crucified.