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The Courageous Nonviolence of Jesus


1. Extending His Respect and Standing With Outcasts


With hated aliens like the Samaritans 

John 4:3-42 (the Samaritan woman)

Luke 10:25-37 (the good Samaritan)


With women

John 4:9 & 27 (Samaritan woman)

Mark 16:9-11 (Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene)

Luke 8:1-3 (the women who assisted Jesus)

Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-8 (Jesus anointed by a woman in Bethany)


With sinners and tax collectors

John 8:1-11 (the woman caught in sin)

Luke 15:3-7 (the sinful woman at Simon the Pharisee’s dinner)

Matthew 18:10-14, Luke 15:3-7 (rejoicing over finding the lost sheep)

Luke 19:1-10 (Zacchaeus); Luke 18:9-14 (tax collector & Pharisee in the temple)


With lepers -- Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-42, Luke 17:12-14


With children – Luke 18:15-17, Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 19:13-15


With the “least of my people”

Matthew 25:31-46,

Luke 14:12-14 (invite the outcasts to your banquets)


2. In Extending His Nonviolent, Forgiving Love to His Enemies


Luke 6:27-35, Matthew 5:43-48

Matthew 26-49-56 (Jesus heals his captor, “put away the sword”)

See also #3 in “The Justice of Jesus”


3. Jesus Challenges Authority When It Hurts Others


John 2:13-17, Mark 11:15-19 (the money changers in the temple)

Mark 7:1-13, Matthew 23:13-36, Luke 11:37-54 (confronting scribes & pharisees)

Luke 13:31-32 (“go tell that old fox” -- Herod)


4. Jesus Embraces Rejection & Predicts It for His Disciples


Luke 4:16-30 (rejected by his own in Nazareth)

John 6:60-69 (many disciples walk away because his teaching is “too hard”)

Mark 14:17-21 (“one of you will betray me”)

Mark 14:26-31 (forewarning Peter of his pending denials)

Luke 22:39-46 (his agony in the garden with his disciples sleeping)

Matthew 26:47-56 (forsaken by all his disciples)

Luke 12:49-53 (Jesus brings division over his message)

John 15:18-16:4 (“the world hates me and will hate you too”)


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