Jesus had numerous conflicts with different Jewish leaders. We hear about the Pharisees, but they were not alone in opposition to Jesus. Did He lower His eyes and humbly submit to their verbal attacks? Not on your life. He poured water on their puny flames. He poked holes in their thin arguments. He tore down their legalistic walls. He did not turn the other cheek or go the extra mile.
Picture how heated it must have gotten.
(John 8:59 KJV) Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.This is not exactly what we would call turning the other cheek yet we must believe that Jesus practiced what He preached. Of course when it came time to go to the cross, He turned the other cheek and went quietly along.
Yet even in the process of moving toward the crucifixion He did not play dumb and humble. When Pilate tried to talk to Him, He talked right back. Read through John 18 for some strong dialogue.
To be continued...
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