The Shocking Jesus

Would Jesus do rap tunes to win disciples if He were here today? It would schock a lot of us, wouldn’t it?

Is that what we need? Does doing things like the world shock Christians into reality? Or does it take us down a path we have no business going down.

When I read the Scriptures, I’m constantly amazed by how Jesus didn’t fulfill the expectations of the religious leaders of His day. He certainly surprised His disciples.

Jesus shocked the religious leaders because they didn’t believe in Him as the Son of God.

It wasn’t merely a matter of whether Jesus used this or that method to get His message across. Jesus understood the culture of His day, but He didn’t sin.

He didn’t act in such a way as to draw disciples merely by being shocking. His goal wasn’t shock for the sake of shock. Rather He told the truth. And that in itself cuts deep and divides.

Consequently, we shouldn’t be deceived by things that are appealing to us because they’re different, “out of the box” or shocking. And such things do have their appeal, don’t they? Let’s not deny it.

What really got to the Pharisees of Jesus’ time was the truth. Like so many of us today, their heads were filled with incorrect knowledge. Thus, they had misguided expectations.

It’s been said that it’s not what we don’t know that causes us trouble, but what we think we know.

Hebrews 4:12-13–For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

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