What was controversy over Jesus really about? Why did his critics want Him put to death and lead the people to cry out for his crucifixion? If we are totally objective about the situation Jesus found himself facing, we need to create a list for those that were confused but didn’t necessarily want to see Him put to death.
The list of confused would include the disciples too. Their confusion was about the Kingdom, people and even defining the reason why Jesus came. Yes, they had heard of the coming Messiah but putting all the pieces together was a new discovery and a learning curve against all the tradition they had heard of or been taught by the Scribes and Pharisees.
Jesus presented new ideas of salvation to the disciples, followers and those that were just observers of his ministry. Jesus was not actually presenting new ideas. The prediction of the coming Messiah was ancient and as old as the earth herself. The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy. Jesus was the answer the world had long waited for but Jesus would also be the answer rejected then and that fact continues to remain true today. He was rejected why? For loving people — yes. For forgiving people — yes. For teaching truth — yes.
Jesus was a controversy because the answer folks had long waited for had arrived and they were not ready. Today people reject today because they too are not ready. We want answers, but not willing to hear them. We want solutions but not willing to believe them. We want help but don’t want to consider other options than the one we like or know.
The disciples were fond of telling Jesus what people were saying about Him and how they were describing Him. Jesus wasn’t interested in what the masses had to say. Jesus was interested in what you and I as individuals had to say. Jesus asked the disciples one question. Who do you say I am? Jesus Christ came that we would have life and have it more abundantly. The answer is not in an abundance of physical things or material things.
The answer was an abundance of grace and mercy. Understanding and faith. Forgiveness and hope. These are the things that matter and these are the things that make the difference that changes life and changes lives. When we are seeking answer it is easy to become confused. Don’t be deceived. The answer is often the one we have discarded. Jesus Christ came to end the controversy over sin, and He did it.