There’s a good reason why the religious elite of Jesus day regarded his teachings as scandalous. Their teachings had lost the spirit of freedom in the knowledge of God’s steadfast love. Shackles of pietistic observances and a raft of religious rules replaced the kind of delight in the way of the Lord that King David demonstrated and promoted. Jesus had a mind and a heart to change that. Jesus came on the scene scandalously announcing and scandalously showing people that God’s love doesn’t depend on our religious observance or cultural credibility. Some people weren’t pleased with that; others found a whole new way to live.