Again and again, the Bible messes up the whole stereotype of Jesus as gentle, meek, and mild. With a Gospel like today’s, you have to wonder where the image of Jesus as weak even comes from.
Jesus unloads on the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders. And it’s pretty brutal.
But none of us are scribes or Pharisees. So what’s the point of reading this stuff?
Because, like it or not, each of us is a religious leader.
Not like the Pope or the pastor of a mega church.
But for the people around us, we’re part of their image of what it means to be a Christian. Even if we don’t want to be.
If we are who we say we are, and Whose we say we are, then these warnings are for us too. Which means that we need to think about the sermons we preach every day.
Especially the ones without words.