Written by Kevin L. Howard   
Where did the tough Jesus of the Bible go?  When I listen to sermons, I rarely, if ever, hear about this radical young man who caused more trouble than anyone else in history.  I hear about a Jesus who loved everyone, who fought for women's rights, but I don't hear about a Jesus who said intolerable things.


If Jesus was the nice guy we make him about to be, he would never have been crucified.  Nice guys just don't get murdered all that much. 


How long has it been since any preacher talked about the Jesus of Luke 12?  Do you remember his teachings? 


Luke 12:49-53 says,


"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."


Why is it we rarely hear sermons of the radical teachings of Jesus?  He was the epitome of masculinity.  He said hard things that his disciples could barely digest.  He didn't just talk about love and compassion.  He ranted about hell and caring for the poor.  He talked about money, greed, and lust.  He spoke against sins that people commonly embraced. 


Jesus brought a sword to divide and never spoke of an ecumenical conference on Christian unity.  He stirred up trouble almost everywhere he went.  He stood strong and he roared like a lion.


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