Monday, December 5, 2011

Ambivalence towards Jesus

We can find Jesus and his words very appealing and comforting. On the other hand, they can be very confronting and destabilising. This was highlighted to me the other day when reading through the account (Luke 4:16-30) of Jesus appearing in the Temple and reading the scroll from Isaiah. At first Jesus receives a positive response:

22And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth.

But only a few verses later the same people respond very differently:

28When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.

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