JESUS INDULGED IN IRONY AND SARDONIC SARCASM. HE OFTEN USED HYPERBOLE TO DRIVE HIS POINT HOME. JESUS WAS, IN FACT, THE MASTER SATIRIST

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People get the romantic notion that Christ was an attractive figure, that He was a “friendly person” Who congratulates us on everything we do.  This is a jesus of fiction.

John Gerstner

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 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 5:29-32

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Jesus is not coming to judge the world in most people’s view, but that He will restore peace and love is what is emphasized.  A Jesus Who threatens an entire city with “you will be brought down to Hades” does not fit the popular Jesus, friend of humanity, who forgives without measure.  How could Jesus, the friendly carpenter, who had Abba as His father, judge people for mere transgressions such as coveting a few things on earth, looking at woman and lusting in their hearts for her, or judge people who are genuinely nice but are not enlightened to believe they need a Savior for their minor transgressions (after all no one is perfect).

Excerpted from Marius Reisner’s book, Jesus and Judgment

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The original audio was poorly recorded on substandard equipment. There were numerous irreparable problems with the original recording. I have done my best to improve and restore it using Sony Sound Forge software, but was unable to achieve the desired result.

My deepest apology if you have difficulty understanding the message.

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Listen to the 3.5 minute excerpt:

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For further study:

Literary Forms in the Bible

Hermeneutics, a devotional study by R.C. Sproul

Grammatical Fallacies by Douglas Moo

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