McLaren emphasizes that Jesus’ message held several points of reference with his Jewish faith. Jesus’ message was especially consistent with the message of the prophets.

“Jesus spoke on behalf of the poor, the forgotten, the rejected, and the outcasts.”
“Jesus emphasized the inward sincerity of the heart and not mere outward conformity.”
“Jesus spoke of coming judgment on injustice and hypocrisy.”
“Jesus echoed and intensified the prophetic message that a new world order was possible and coming.”

Prophetic messages are not readily accepted. They frequently challenged the status quo. They took leaders to task. Prophets were not popular figures. Except with the poor, oppressed and downcast. Those looking for change rallied to the prophets.

What does this say about Jesus’ message and acceptance?

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