Jesus didn’t consider himself to be a priest. If anything, he overtly distanced himself from the temple hierarchy of his day.
His message wasn’t one of morals and edicts. It was rather one that shook people out of their dualistic law-focused stupor and served as a divine cattle prod to the human heart. Through his good word, we are called to die before we die and trade in our petty life for a grander, more generous one.
(I don’t know about you, but this sounds like too much work. I’d rather just keep my ego intact, remain complacent in my biases, and see everyone else as the problem…)
Jesus communicated, not through wielding a scroll and pointing to rules, but through parables — a classic tool of a wisdom teacher (moshel moshelim as some have stated it).
Jesus didn’t seem concerned about returning people back to the law of his day but rather focused his sights on the transformation of human consciousness.
He used the language of story and poetry — the language of the people rather than the language of the law.
A wisdom teacher is a far different role than a law-upholder. They’re into shifting paradigms of consciousness — not maintaining the status quo.
You know that natural aversion you might have towards Bible-bearing law-wielders? Know that they’re likely taking a different approach than Jesus took.