Jesus was frequently misunderstood. The pharisees didn’t understand him. The crowds didn’t understand him. Even his disciples frequently didn’t understand him. We stand back, two thousand years later, and think about how dense they were. How could they misunderstand him? How could they be so obtuse? McLaren believes there was something more going on.

“In conversation after conversation, then, Jesus resists being clear or direct. There’s hardly ever a question that he simply answers; instead, his answer comes in the form of a question or it turns into a story or it is full of metaphors that invite more questions.”

So, what were Jesus’ intentions? Was he intentionally ambiguous? If he was, why? We’ll have to wait a little longer for an answer.