What is your image of Jesus? A friendly bearded guy carrying a lamb on his back? A happy story teller that wandered the countryside? A trouble maker?
My favorite heretic…
JESUS the CHRIST
Jesus lived as a Jew and a Rabbi for most of his life representing and practicing the accepted beliefs of his time and his religion. Up until he began His ministry…the new covenant.
From that point forward Jesus did not get along very well with the religious leaders, who ultimately had Him put to death.
Luke 13:10 (the message)
10 He was teaching in one of the meeting places on the Sabbath.11 There was a woman present, so twisted and bent over with arthritis that she couldn’t even look up. She had been afflicted with this for eighteen years.12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over. “Woman, you’re free!”13 He laid hands on her and suddenly she was standing straight and tall, giving glory to God.14 The meeting-place president, furious because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the congregation, “Six days have been defined as work days. Come on one of the six if you want to be healed, but not on the seventh, the Sabbath.”15 But Jesus shot back, “You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly unties your cow or donkey from its stall, leads it out for water, and thinks nothing of it.16 So why isn’t it all right for me to untie this daughter of Abraham and lead her from the stall where Satan has had her tied these eighteen years?”
Matt 23:23 (the message)
23 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required.24 Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?25 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You burnish the surface of your cups and bowls so they sparkle in the sun, while the insides are maggoty with your greed and gluttony.
Jesus was clearly a heretic in his day and time…
What I know about the American middle class church…we too would consider Jesus a complete heretic!
Who is your favorite heretic?