How did Jesus rock the boat? (Part 1)
“Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.” – John 7:45-49
So the religious leaders had sent their best guards to arrest Jesus but instead they were changed by His message! Why is that?
Jesus taught a clear and simple message on how to relate to God – NOT through law or legalistic effort but through Love! Jesus rocked the boat by saying that the law was NOT what made a person close to God – it only got the person to see their need but that need would be met through Christ alone!
For the first time since Adam people could have Hope from above and Peace that Only God could give them NOT because of their effort but because of God’s Nature – God Is Love! Love is part of Him and He can no more be not Love than you or I could be not breathing and be alive!
This is also why it’s easier for the unreligious to accept Christ and find God than it is for the religious church type people – The unreligious know they have a need that Only Love can fill!
Almost all of the friends of Jesus were the very unreligious and totally rejected by the “decent people” – Jesus loved to hang out with, break bread with and fellowship with the most dejected and outcast of His day! Can your church say the same?
The reason the guards were changed and the reason why people were changed is because of the simple message of the gospel of Jesus Christ that said simply, “Love fulfills ALL law and the prophets.”