His friendship with outcasts and sinners (Matthew 9:10-12, Luke 7:36-50)
Jesus found it easy to aid those in need, maybe because he was not looked at as someone to have “aw” over like a normal king? If history teaches us anything it is simple that people relate to their own kind. Whether it is in school, or neighborhoods, or in sports today, Jesus certainly wanted to relate to all but, it seems the people who had already established themselves solidly in this world wanted little change. The outcasts and sinners had nothing to lose except their sin and disability and to gain it all in the life after, while the rich or well to do would have to give it all up in this world in order to have assurance in the next life. Life eternally with Jesus, for most this was not easy to do so they went about their lives with no regard for the afterlife. There are of course exceptions such as Paul who did manage to give up everything in order to follow the Lord but overall it seems to be the poor, the outcasts who are most willing. Nobody is saved by selling it all and giving the money to the poor, we are saved through believing the Son of God who gave everything to make us rich. (Cor. 8:9).
His teaching ministry (many lessons and parables)
One of the great many teachings of Jesus are he was making us aware of what we worship such as the category of money. Sin can be as simple as the love of money that we cannot hang on to our sins or our love of money and still follow Jesus. There cannot be the best of both worlds; one cannot be in this world and in the next. Peter for example was sure that since he had given-up everything for the Lord that he should be guaranteed a place in heaven or a special reward. God does not reward faithfulness alone but our motives in which we serve him and not our desires for gain.
His predictions of his betrayal, death, and resurrection (Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32, Luke 9:22)
Judas is not only a name recognized in today’s time as just a name but an action. It is a term widely used for one who betrays. Betray has many definitions in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary; to deliver into the hands of the enemy by treachery or fraud, in violation of trust; as an officer betrayed in the city. The Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men. (Mat 17:23). Judas Iscariot the man of “Kerioth,” the son of Simon, was one of the twelve original apostles of Jesus. He was known as the “treasurer” of the Apostles. Judas was the one who considered when Mary anointed Jesus with expensive oil to be a waste of money. However, Judas was also known for dipping into to the funds for personal use, this is according to (John 12:3-6) Judas seems to care very little about helping the poor and his motives were only selfish. Jesus had predicted Judas was the one who would betray him and this came to pass on the night at the Last Supper when Satan entered into him. Judas left at dark and went to the Pharisees and gave Jesus up for a mere...