During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he often had a hard time being understood. The Gospels record numerous moments in which he made cryptic remarks that either made no sense to his hearers or, worse, were completely misunderstood at the time he made them.
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19) was taken by his enemies as some sort of terrorist threat and, in garbled form, used as evidence against him at his trial (“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another not made with hands’” (Mark 14:58).
Jesus told parables that were not understood and often scandalized even those who loved him. Even...READ MORE