No Wonder They Killed Him, Part One

Of all the people admired throughout history, Jesus continually ranks at the top of the list. Even those who don’t call themselves Christians consider Jesus as one of the wisest teachers and humanitarians the world has ever known.

So why did his contemporaries want him dead?

What was it about what he said or did that was so provoking and upsetting that religious and secular leaders alike wanted to see him dead? What was it about Jesus that could make the crowds that once followed him finally turn upon him—demanding his blood and cheering his pain? If Jesus was simply the gentle genius some portray him to be, how could this have happened?

There’s only one explanation: Jesus was much more than meek and mild. He was more than a poetic philosopher. Jesus was the Light of Heaven hitting a darkened earth with a fury. He made claims and commands that left people undone. He called out realities that others sought to bury. He broke barriers and battered establishments no one else had the nerve to assault. He called for the utter dismantling of the way things were and the new creation of something so much better. Jesus was not politically correct. He was not religiously pious. He was not socially tame. Jesus was dangerous because he was and is the God who is dangerously good.