One of the books I’ve been reading through is ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch (Hendrickson Publishing, 2009). I thought I would share a couple of quotes from the fourth chapter “I’ve Got a Picture of Jesus”
“…the Gospel story makes clear that those who understood Jesus and his message the best were those who most wanted him dead. He was considered a threat and a danger to the religious system of Judaism but presumably also to the impressionable masses. …Jesus’ contemporaries saw him as a usurper of institutional religion, a blasphemer, a heretic, a drunkard, a glutton, and a false teacher. He was an unschooled rabbi from the God-forsaken north who had run amok and begun to stir up trouble among the equally uneducated populace. In his enemies minds he was an extremist, a radical, a revolutionary.” (p. 101)
And why remembering this about Jesus is important:
“…we need to go back to the daring radical, strange, wonderful, inexplicable, unstoppable, marvelous, unsettling disturbing, caring, powerful God-man. The communities around us are crying out for him. They are turning up in droves to hear the Dalai Lama speak. They are buying mountains of books on popular theology. They are traipsing over sacred sites across the globe. They are searching for the promised, the one who offers them restoration and peace. The church needs to find itself in league with this Jesus, staring at him in amazement and saying, as Peter did, with a trembling voice, “What kind of man is this [cf. Mk 4.41]?” (p. 111)
What are your thoughts, reactions?