What he actually said, while being nailed to the cross, was this "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Luke 23.34
What Jesus actually said in John 8:7 is “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’”
In Matthew 20, Jesus is asked by someone's mother if her kids could have a prominent space next to him in the coming kingdom. Jesus is not very impressed with this, and lets the mother know that she does not really know what she asking for.
Anyway, Jesus didn't make political moves and trades like we see in just about every political organization.
Ok, so I usually post "Things Jesus Didn't Say", but today I've got a "Things Jesus Kinda Said" and is presented here in the hope it will emphasize what He did say.
Just before Jesus died, he told the people this story:
A Godly man once planted a church and let it out to someone trained in church planting. The man then left the town for a long time. But later, the church plant had grown into a full size mega church, using it’s influence for good moral things. So the man far away sent an associate to ask the church to serve the lowly, and provide for the hurting and support the repressed. But this was not the morality the new church was wanting - in fact, the man seemed to be asking them to go directly against what they taught was right. I mean we've made this a respectable place, and if we do what he asked, well... who knows who will come here. So they beat up the associate and sent him away without anything. So on hearing about this the man sent another associate. The mega church, now with a larger staff, also beat him up. They actually insulted him and mocked him, and sent him away without a thing. At this, the Godly man sent his lawyer. He too was beaten terribly and thrown out of the board room.
The man then said to himself, “what am I going to do? I know what. I’ll send my son, the one I love so much. They will surely respect him!”
But when the Church saw the owner’s son, they said to one another, “if we let him in, he’s going to ruin our plans, and make us open to ridicule, and ruin the standing of this church in our community. He will change the good vibes we have going on here. Let’s kill him! Then we can have this whole complex all for ourselves.” So they threw him out of the church and killed him.
Jesus asked, “What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? I’ll tell you what. He will come and kill those imposters and let someone else have his church.”
When the people heard this, they said, “This must never happen!”
(if only . . .)
Sounds utterly ridiculous doesn't it?
Of course what Jesus actually said in John 15.12 is "this is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you". Yet think about so many issues Christians are known for these days. Think of the people we mock for not being able to believe in Creation. For those who tell us we can't pray in schools. Plus of course, all the groups of people we so often leave out of the grace picture.
So when you are tempted to hate, or entertain it's little brother 'ridicule', think about this "Thing Jesus DIDN'T Say".
In fact, what Jesus said was "Whoever wants to be great among you must actually act the part of the servant (Mark 10.44). Jesus then went on to say that the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
This whole Jesus thing, if followed, would turn the world upside down - something the "haves" in the current situation will do anything to avoid. Even the Christians.
Jesus said it clearly while finishing off this speech: For even the Son of man (God) came not to be served, but to serve.
This is such a powerful part of Jesus' example and ministry. It declares who he is in the face of the Devils accusations.
It really goes like this: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23.24
I've been doing these for a while now. And I share things Jesus DIDN'T say in order to over emphasize the things he DID say.
But we don't have change the words to put things into Jesus mouth! Sometimes our interpretation of the words alone will do the trick!
What Jesus did in fact say in Matthew 5:48 was: Be therefore - perfect, just as your Father in perfect. Ken Davis once told me - when the word 'therefore' is in the Bible, be sure and work out what it is 'there for'.
Jesus was talking about how we treat each other. . . both fellow followers, and even our enemies. Jesus was calling us to a life of love, and not judgement. And as the words in the graphic above suggest, we are quite comfortable judging our fellow earthlings. So stop trying to be perfect, as your neighbor is perfect, but love as your father loves.
Jesus is calling you to think, to serve and to love your neighbor. Just as your Father loves your neighbor.
There certainly is something to education, and a good job. But your identity, and your being is not defined by what you do. On the mountain to His followers Jesus said "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be fulfilled." And your job or career have nothing to do with that. You can seek God in any situation.
This world is plagued by bullies, but we do know that that is not the way to really get what you won't - not long term. This is why we've come up with phrases like "Live by the sword, dies by the sword". Jesus makes this very clear in the positive sense - if you are merciful, you are far more likely to receive mercy. Check out Matthew 18.23-35.