Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: Mark 7:1-23
Jesus was known as the Prince of Peace, full of grace and truth. Why then did controversy pursue him and conflict dog his steps. From the moment of his birth King Herod tried to eliminate him. Throughout his public ministry the religious leaders pursued him relentlessly, culminating in his death by crucifixion.
The conflict wasn’t political. Last week we noted that Jesus resisted the call of the crowd, after he fed the five thousand, to become a populist liberator from Rome. Nor did Jesus directly confront the social structures of the day. “My kingdom is not of this world”, he said and “those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword”.