Well, his entire family thought he was! Mark chapter 3 holds a few surprises for us Christians today.
Many of us as children were served a soft diet of the quiet, soft-spoken Jesus who was gentle with the woman at the well, who saved a wedding ceremony with nice wine, healed the lepers, healed the blind, and hung his head quietly and died. But that vision of my bedtime 'gentle Jesus' was slowly replaced with a much different image
of our brother and friend - one that was a little rough on the edges (Mark 2:16), perhaps a little impatient sometimes (Mark 3:5) and certainly one who broke the rules (Mark 2: 23-24).
The culprit of this change of my outlook was the book 'The Jesus I Never Knew', required reading for a college course by the same name. As a young adult, I was both afraid and excited at the prospect of Jesus being a rebel - or worst yet - an ordinary man. How could Jesus, the friend of little children, get really angry with the Pharisees when they didn't respond to his question of healing the beggar's withered hand on the Sabbath day? Wasn't he supposed to be always 'meek and mild'?
But with all the shock (and horror) of thinking of Jesus as a little temperamental, nothing could have prepared me for the realisation that he was a little - crazy? This was the one that did it for me; that made me realise that Jesus was just an ordinary guy who was misunderstood by a lot of people. This also made me feel not-so-bad about my sometimes zany, scatter-brained self. Why? because if Jesus got angry and impatient, then he is closer to being just like me. And not only that. If he was tempted just like we are tempted today and experienced the consequences of sin, then he must have been literally depressed, exhausted and perhaps a little forgetful at times, too. Now isn't that comforting?
'The Jesus I Never Knew' paints the picture of the 'real' Christ way better than I ever could. If you'd like to put your hands on a copy of it, you can get it here. I think everyone can gain a new and refreshing perspective of our gentle giant, Jesus. If you do read it, I'd love if you could leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.
***Charmaine Daisley is a Creative Writer and Brainstorming Geek. She also runs Pretty Healthy Charmaine, a blog that provides insights into healthy eating and Christian living - all with a dash of pretty.
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