Matthew 5:38-42 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Jesus said the strangest things….
(LIKE BEFORE: I warn you this is much better in video. These is really just the outline of what was laid on my heart.)
How are we supposed to take what He is saying here?
Are we supposed to try and understand the greater meaning of scripture or just do what it says?
How the world grasps this passage in a joke – Sheriff Duke See video (This was originally a joke about an Irishman. I changed it because I couldn’t pull of the accent. So I went cowboy.)
When we hear Jesus say these words:
- Be the lamb who is so tender that we attract people (wolves)
- Be insulting to them so that they see that they don’t matter to you
- Be Weird
Surprise! I’m gonna go with weird. Odd, Strange, different
A friend of my name Pam aske me about this verse once and here was my reply
“Pam – I see no where in the Bible where is says we can stop turning the other cheek. I’ve looked 🙂 But something we pay far too little attention to is that fact that over and over again the people of the Bible go to God and let him know they are tired of being slapped. Moses laments, Abraham bargains, Samuel complains, Jesus asks if the cup can be removed, and there is even a book called lamentations. But we Christians think that unless we are happy about our troubles that we are doing it wrong. Fact is… Sometime being a Christian stinks. During our time on Earth it seems that our portion is thin soup.
But Pam, when I get down and feel picked on I remember that unlike the non-believer I am never without hope. I have never been un-Loved. I am never alone.”
I have arranged for a demonstration of this. Ben and Jackie (see the video)
At no point during this was Ben’s mortality threatened.
How many of you thought that Jackie might kill Ben during this demonstration?
(Jackie Slaps Ben hard. After words have Jackie and Ben stand behind Jackie as I speak. Surprise: Ben picks Jackie up and hugs her. Then carries her off stage.)
There is one way of thinking that takes the crucifixion of Jesus and explains it as a parlor trick. Jesus life, his mortality, was never threatened.
You might think that I am going to argue with that it was, but I’m not…
Jesus was, Jesus is, and Jesus ever will be.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
Some look to Jesus and say that what he did was not brave at all…
Your right… His mortality was never threatened. He was abandoned by His own people, unrecognized by His friends and family, drug through the streets, spit on, beaten till flesh fell off, nailed to a piece of wood, and gave up all he had, and he knew it was coming. But no that ain’t brave.
His mortality was never threatened.
But here’s the rub… Neither is yours!
John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
You don’t have to live one more minute worried that you will die.
Did Jesus hurt? Yes. Did Jesus bleed? Yes. Did Jesus weep? Yes.
Did Jesus worry? No!
Jesus says a lot more strange things like “turn the other cheek”
Matthew 10:28 (MSG) | In Context | Whole Chapter
28 “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.