The Difficult Jesus–Matthew 12

On Sunday I preached on Matthew 12: 15-37, which introduces what I call “the difficult Jesus.” So much of what we learn about Jesus in the gospels is attractive–wise, powerful, compassionate. But this passage portrays Jesus quarreling with the Pharisees, and it’s hard to stomach.

I don’t think Jesus was justĀ  cranky. When we encounter the difficult Jesus, it’s worthwhile to ask, “What is so important it’s worth being difficult about?” Listen if you want to find out.


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