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Topic 7 Jesus as Communicator Using the evidence of the St Luke Gospel what made Jesus an effective communicator How was he able to attract and impress large crowds Jesus was and still is a contradictory and paradoxical figure Some saw him as a prophet a liberator a king others saw him as a charlatan a blasphemer He was a preacher teacher and guide However no matter what role people cast him in Jesus was a magnetic personality an effective communicator who was able to attract and impress large crowds and appeal to all social levels He was an advocate of egalitarian society including all people classes and genders in his teachings Gentiles as well as Jews He showed great concern for the poor giving them hope - Blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of God Luke 620 He showed concern for all sinners much to the disgust of the Pharisees and teachers of the law - This man welcomes sinners and eats with them Luke 152 He showed special concern for the role of women This is seen when Jesus was anointed by a sinful woman who stood behind him at his feet weeping she began to wet his feet with her tears Then she wiped them with her hair kissed them and poured perfume on them Luke 738 When Jesus forgave her for her sins he shocked the Pharisees with his radical unconventional behaviour - socialising with undesirables sinners and prostitutes thereby exposing himself to social contamination In that patriarchal society women were second-class citizens prostitutes were third-class citizens in Jesus day almost any association with a woman outside ones family was frowned upon Wilson 94 Jesus was an advocate of egalitarian society that all men and women were equal He not only preached this but also lived it by example Most astonishing and radical was his concern for enemies He preached passive resistance extreme
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