Jesus said only the truth, but sometimes the truth is offensive. This can make some people upset. Jesus must have said many things that made people upset but here are just 5 things that I think is the highlight
So a woman in the crowd says to Jesus; “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”
And Jesus replied..
Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
This is a direct confrontation to the lady who was complimenting Jesus. His reply was almost an insult. I can’t help to laugh every time I read this verse. I find it hilarious. Jesus said the truth, all or nothing.
Here Jesus is scolding the Pharisees with His ‘woes’ and in one of them he mentions this…
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.
Here He calls the Pharisees and teachers of the law ‘sons of hell’.
Some Pharisees decide to make Jesus afraid by warning Him to leave a certain place because King Herod wanted to kill Him. And Jesus’ reply was epic…
Go tell that fox, I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.
He calls Herod a ‘fox’ which actually is not so serious since the Pharisees were probably lying to Jesus about Herod who always wanted to see Him. He was rather curious about Jesus.
A random guy approaches Jesus asking Him to tell his brother to divide their inheritance, to which Jesus replied…
Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?
I like the way He used the ‘man’ in the sentence. I sometimes read it out with American accent in my mind.
Jesus’ disciples asked Him a question about a parable that He had said earlier. Then Jesus asked them this condescending question….
Are you so dull?
Translate this into modern day and it would sound like someone saying to you, “Are you stupid or something?”
He was extremely rude to the Pharisees, rich men and His disciples who seemed to never understand the important things in life. Yet He was extremely kind to the poor and those who society considered to be sinners. Jesus didn’t like self-righteousness, whether is was by works or riches, neither did He like someone trying to be greater than everyone else. If the truth is real, then something had to be fake. And whatever is fake will be criticized inevitably.