It was as if their leaders, the ones who claimed God’s truth, who called them to follow God’s law, who confidently declared who was “in” and who was “out,” didn’t really know God at all.
Remember how you thought you weren’t blessed? Why should your enemies be any less blessed?
The sin, says Jesus, is more than our behavior. It is a heart that refuses to honor the humanity of others.
What if fulfilling Torah is not about being right, but about being light?
“Jesus was a socialist…”
The radical claim of Jesus is not that we are so much free from something—oppression, marginalization, even sin or death—but that we are free for something. And that something is the terrifying prospect of being able to love in the ultimate way…unconditionally and sacrificially.