I pretty up Jesus to make him more convincing because I don’t think he’s enough on his own.
I do this because I’m scared, I’m nervous what you’ll think about him — and I have this other idea of God that will go down smoother to answer all your doubts and concerns.
Doesn’t this make me a liar? Or disingenuous? Or a magician? Or a bad movie trailer?
I end up saying, “Jesus is actually saying –” and then going into a detailed explanation of the Greek to gloss over the really hard things he said.
We don’t like to wince. We cringe at the tough stuff that doesn’t mesh with our modern Western sensibilities. We are sure that Jesus meant something else. So we dress him up, decorate his words, and exegete the edge off him.