Generous and genial, firm and resolute, He was always surprising. Loving but not soppy, His insight unsettled people and His kindness won them. Indeed, He was a man of extraordinary–and extraordinarily appealing–contrasts. You simply couldn’t make Him up, for you’d make Him only one or the other. He made the grandest claims for HImself, yet without a whiff of pomposity. He ransacked the temple, spoke of hellfire, called Herod a fox, the Pharisees pimped-up corpses, and yet never do you doubt His love as you read His life.
— Michael Reeves, Rejoicing in Christ, 52.