When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “ Does this offend you?”
Hard choices to make. Jesus never spoke in shades of gray-it was all or nothing with Him. And this offends the modern sensibilities. Our culture inculcates the message that we all must co-exist. We see it on bumper stickers, are exposed to it in the classroom, and are asked to participate in multi-faith worship services. To claim that Jesus Christ is the only true God and it is only by His name that salvation can be obtained, is viewed as closed and narrow-minded. Christians are labeled as extremists, bigots, and branded with the same label as other religious terrorists and outliers. But who is really the closed and narrow-minded?
The liberal and progressive pundit who excludes the Christian is guilty of the same bigotry, but cloaks it under the noble cloth of open-mindedness. There are some organizations that will advocate a ban on Christian organization operating on college and high school campuses, but be ardent supporters of organizations for Wicken and Satanic worship. All this is done in the name of open-mindedness.
Yes, Jesus’ words do offend us, but not because they are wrong or bigoted, but because it is the Truth. The problem is not with Jesus’ Words, the problem is with man’s heart. Man is always rebelling against the Truth, against God, and against anything that seemingly robs him of his freedom of choice. But Jesus is clear…
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
It is not the Words of Jesus that offend, it is our sinful nature. Take the yoke of Jesus and allow Him to lead you.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.