image of Jesus

I couldn't help but pause and reflect on this description of Jesus and his world as I prepare to introduce a sermon series on the Gospel of Mark:

“The image of Jesus as a gentle shepherd sitting in verdant pastures teaching enjoyable but inoffensive parables to audiences who all loved him, is far from an accurate assessment of the situation. Both the situation and the way Jesus addressed it were full of incident and danger.”

(Ben Witherington III, The Gospel of Mark)

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