(98) Jesus said: The kingdom of the Father is like a man who wanted to kill a great man. He drew the sword in his house and drove it into the wall, that he might know that his hand would be strong. Then he slew the great man.
I picked this one because it’s so odd – I don’t understand what it’s supposed to mean, but here are some thoughrts …
* this reminds me of places in the canonical gospels where Jesus discusses the cost of discipleship … a dangerous and difficult undertaking must be seen for what it is and adequately prepared for … Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? – Luke 14:31
* Some commentators suggest that this is a story of an underdog who wishes to kill a bully, or a zealot who wishes to overturn Roman rule.
* Whatever the implied meaning, the fact that Jesus chose an example of a murder seems totally against the grain for one who asked people to forgive their enemies and turn the other cheek. It’s possible he did this for shock value … as in Luke 14:26 – “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. …. But my personal opinion is that the saying is likely not authentic.