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How the Christmas story resolves the paradoxes & tensions of life.
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Jesus: A Year of Popularity
Jesus in the Spotlight

Just like a social media personality going viral, Jesus eventually became a “must see” figure for all of Israel. His ministry was slower to start out, but he quickly became a celebrity of sorts. This largest season of his ministry, often referred to as Jesus’ year of popularity, would see him surrounded by masses of people seeking to hear him teach and see him perform miracles. Of course, anybody that became as popular as Jesus did, delivering a message that stood in contrast to the traditional religious message of the day, was also going to attract the attention of the influential and powerful. Jesus’ popularity would bring people of every sort to interact with him, consider his message, and respond accordingly.