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Jesus Uncensored

Jesus has the right to shock disciples with teaching they don't like to hear, because he's Lord.

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Here's a sermon Michael Quicke preached at Wheaton College that tenders the meek and mild Jesus with the mean and wild Jesus. Few passages are more startling than Matthew 10, but Quicke effectively brings out the fire of Jesus' words without overwhelming the grace that is just as present as the hard truth.


I want you to do a video replay about coming to chapel this morning. You come out of your dorm room. You're nearly out of time. Is it going to rain? Have you got something to read in case it's boring? You have all sorts of questions while you're on your way to chapel! As you turn the corner, you notice somebody ahead of you: a student, carrying something, and it's strange. It's long and shiny. It's like a sword or a light saber. It's odd. But then, as you move further towards Edmond Chapel, you see more and more people are carrying swords—unlikely sorts of people. The faculty members are carrying swords! What is going on here? You come up the steps into Edmond Chapel, and you realize a lot of people have got these light sabers, shining and brilliant. You realize it's going to be different today, because only people with swords are going into chapel.

Then you hear these words, and they're loud and they're stern, and yet there's also kindness in the voice: Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. And whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I've come to the earth to bring peace. I did not come to bring peace, but the sword—to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man's enemies will be in his own household. And anyone ...

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Michael Quicke is professor of preaching at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and author of 360-Degree Preaching (Baker).

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Sermon Outline:


I. Jesus, uncensored and shocking

II. The shock of peace

III. The shock of family

IV. The great shock of acknowledgment from the Lord