Many of us Westerners were raised with a certain image of Jesus in our mind. He was usually white, often wearing a spotless white robe with a nice blue sash, and he was carrying a small lamb, who looked up at Jesus with longing and affection.
Ah! The gentle, warm embrace of the Lord.
This, of course, doesn’t quite capture the full range of Jesus’ emotion. At times Jesus is warm and generous and gentle, but there are other times where Jesus gets pissed. And righteously so!
This makes us uncomfortable. The protesting, table-tossing, revolutionary side of Jesus is a whole lot wilder and harder to tame.
But we can learn so much from the angry side of Jesus.
What got Jesus’ blood boiling? How did he express his frustration? Who is he upset with? And what does it have to do with us, two thousand years later, sitting comfortably in our chairs on Sunday?
These are the questions we’re going to (humbly and nervously!) explore over Lent 2016.
We’ll be looking at Matthew 23 where Jesus goes to town on hypocrisy, abusive and controlling theology, mis-weighed priorities, and misguided worship; confronting bad religion with his good news!
Give ‘em hell, Jesus!