Part of the shock rises from the unoffensive, all-inclusive, feel-good, sanitized, domesticated Jesus we tout to our culture today. It seems we are trying to make Him palatable to people who don’t believe in Him. As if all He came to do was make us “good people” and all He came to teach was the “seven steps to a better” whatever.
We have so domesticated Jesus that we forget what an iconoclast He was. Turning over Temple tables into the laps of powerful men! I don’t think it ever strike me before that no one fought back. Jesus must have cut an imposing figure for none of those whose livelihoods He was devastating even tried to kick His divine butt.
He openly argued with the smartest and the most educated religious people who were accustomed to ruling by intellectual intimidation. They tucked their tails and ran, so humiliated that they determined to kill Him since they couldn’t compete with Him.
He constantly startled and surprised even His own disciples by His radical presentation of truth and unbridled exhibitions of power on behalf of the marginalized. They spent a lot of time scratching their heads and wondering out loud “what the hey?”
And yet today we take this imposing giant of a man so infused by the power and life of God that demons trembled, diseases fled, darkness evaporated and defiant wickedness was vanquished by one word from His lips and we tame Him into a mere professor of morality who simply showed a better way to be nice.
For a world with the issues, pain and outrageous crises we see everyday all around us, its time to unlock the cage of propriety and let the Lion of Judah roam and roar–untamed and unfettered.