I do not use other people’s material here often (maybe I should) but these posts from David Smith (no known relation) are outstanding. I want my readers who may not be familiar with David to have a chance to read these posts.
Originally posted on preachersmith:
One question. How did Jesus respond to violence?
Let’s find out.
The government ordered his death and sent soldiers to kill him … so his parents, rather than standing their ground, fled the country with him.
Surrounded by men who wanted him dead … he stood his ground, and armed only with reason, he reasoned with them, and disarmed them.
On another occasion, they tried to lynch him … so instead of standing his ground, he eluded them.
When one of his disciples understood that his life was in jeopardy and displayed weapons with which to defend him … he chastised the disciple, turned, and walked away.
When as intruders in the night they came to haul him off to murder him and a friend…
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