Lately I’ve been doing some reflecting on the gospel of John – just looking afresh at Jesus and trying to remove some of the cultural conditioning we place around him to be a certain kind of person.
If you look at Jesus in John then he really is quite a disturbing person. He just doesn’t fit in like he is supposed to, hangs out with all the wrong people, doesn’t pander to the ones who hold the power and is a very bad example of a Christian…
I really don’t think Jesus would get a gig as a local church pastor – or if he did he wouldn’t last long.
He picks fights with powerful people, hangs out with losers (I’m told ‘you can’t build a church out of losers’) and doesn’t seem to be able to be diplomatic with his words. He confounds his own disciples and regularly behaves in a way most unbefitting for a Rabbi.
Gotta say… I like him.
He’d make a bloody good Aussie!