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JESUS, MISUNDERSTOOD. - PART II

As seen in the first part of this reflection, even the disciples, who were so close to Jesus and walked with Him, did not understand Him at first. The cause, as already stated, was the fact that they expected a political-nationalist Messiah who would liberate Israel from the Roman empire and elevate it to an important position among the nations. However, Jesus was not involved in politics, was deeply spiritual, and claimed that his "Kingdom" was not of this world (John 18:36). In fact, the center of his teaching and preaching was, exactly, the "Kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20; 8:10; 9:62; 10:9; 11:2; 11:20; 12:31; 13:29; 16:16; 17:20,21; 18:16,24; 21:31; 22:29,30). But other aspects of his person contributed to this misunderstanding. Although he was a "flesh and blood" man with a family and fixed address, his supernatural birth, his deep prayer life, and the originality of his teaching and preaching made people see him as different and special. However, no

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