Jan 28, 2012

Grace in the Hands of Jesus

"Grace in the hands of Jesus is difficult to accept. It is no respecter of conventional social boundaries. His stories are his meals and his healings betray a decided preference for the socially marginal, for the religiously unrespectable. Indeed, Luke records Jesus' own admission that, in the eyes of his critics, he is nothing other than a 'friend of tax collectors and sinners.' In a word, in the message and public ministry of Jesus grace is offensive, even scandalous."

John T. Carroll and James R. Carroll, Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1996),6.

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