I read this Dorothy L Sayers quote in The Christian Educators Handbook on Teaching,
The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore—on the contrary; they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him `meek and mild’, and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies. To those who knew him, however, he in no way suggested a milk and water person: they objected to him as a dangerous firebrand. True, he was tender to the unfortunate, patient with honest inquirers, and humble before heaven; but he insulted respectable clergymen by calling them hypocrites; he referred to King Herod as `that fox’; he went to parties in disreputable company and was looked upon as a `gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners’; he assaulted indignant tradesmen and threw them and their belongings out of the Temple; he drove a coachandhorses through a number of sacrosanct and hoary regulations; he cured diseases by any means that came handy, with a shocking casualness in the matter of other people’s pigs and property; he showed no proper defence for wealth or social position; when confronted with neat dialectical traps, he displayed a paradoxical humour that affronted seriousminded people, and he retorted by asking disagreeably searching questions that could not be answered by rule of thumb. He was emphatically not a dull man in his human lifetime, and if he was God, there can be nothing dull about God either.
The simple question I have to ask myself each day is, “Which Jesus do I know and worship, the one who is a pale caricature of his biblical presence, or the genuine article?”