THE MESSAGE OF JESUS was and still is alive, and his meaning unswervingly direct. Jesus didn’t waste time beating around the bush. The Savior of the world always spoke the truth; indeed, genuineness was his calling card.
Jesus was all about keeping it real. He usually went—unnervingly— directly to the heart of the matter. Jesus didn’t waste much time with preliminaries; he got right down to business. Yet no matter how hard he rubbed people the wrong way and how much he avoided sugarcoating his message, Jesus always treated people with the utmost respect.
Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men
From page 26 of Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech!
—John 16:29, NRSV
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