Jesus, our blood-drenched warrior (and how children’s Bibles may have misled us)

shield-309126_640Children’s Bibles, as helpful as they are, may give us a wrong idea of Jesus. Most children’s Bibles picture Jesus as a soft, gentle, hippie-type man who is always surrounded by butterflies and birds.  Many people have grown up thinking of Jesus as an effeminate man in sandals, rather than the Warrior-God come into our world to do battle for his people.  Of course, Jesus was and is kind and gentle, but that’s not all he is.   In the Old and New Testament God is pictured as the divine warrior who fights for his people.  We don’t often think about God, and God the Son, in these terms.

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