OFFENSE – The Pharisees were offended at Jesus because he exposed their hypocrisy. He spoke openly and honestly. He spoke life and truth. Did He do it in love? Well..yes because Jesus is love. We also need to look at the woes he spoke to His generation. Because of their offense they “Opposed Him fiercely and to besiege Him with questions. waiting to catch Him in something He might say.” (Luke 11:53-54) But He set the trap and was the trigger for them to stumble.
He died for all mankind, even for them if they would choose to accept Him as their Messiah but that generation did not and many others down through the ages up to our present time. The enemy is so deceitfully cunning that he is constantly looking for ways to kill, steal and destroy. But there is nothing new he can do. He only rehashes the old in different packaging. Take our present day. What causes stumbling for us? What is one of the biggest things that the church needs to recognize as evil and call it out? OFFENSE! (see previous blog). Offense in its present form I call “political correctness”. I read in the Word of God in Luke 7 and Matthew 11 that Jesus speaks to the generation He was born into and compared them to children in the marketplace. The operative word here is children who are immature in their thinking and are faithless to everything and are never satisfied. They rejected both John’s message and Jesus’.
There is another dimension to this passage that talks about eschatology. John came representing the Old Covenant prophets (dirge) and Jesus comes as a New Covenant King bringing the Kingdom with Him (dance). That generation did not accept either. They were fearful and jealous at both because neither John or Jesus fell in step with what the religious leaders were teaching. The people were not listening to them but to Jesus. Both John and Jesus refused to play by their rules.
The relationship of the religious leaders to God was so very flawed. They were full of self-righteousness and when given the opportunity to see the truth, they rejected it. Their hearts were full of dead man’s bones. (Matthew 23:27).
John came to call them back to true righteousness and point the way to their Messiah, Jesus. But instead of repentance, they chose deception and offense.
In our present day, do we step in line with the political correctness that is running rampant? Some have. Why? Fear of persecution or rejection? Or do we go to the other extreme and cut people to shreds with our words without thought? We as the people of God who want to see heaven come to earth and His Kingdom advance need to know some things.
- We need to have an intimate, personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Much like the first we need to know who we are in Christ and what we possess as His warring Bride.
- We need to know what we believe with no doubt or wavering
- We need to walk in our true identity and take up our specific assignments and march on.
- Like Jesus, we must speak the truth in love.
We cannot force others to believe as we do or try to silence their voices but neither can we stand by or sit back and let evil run rampant just so we can get along with everyone and be comfortable. Neither of these scenarios is walking in love or being loving. Some things are wrong and they will always be wrong. The church cannot be silent.
How then do we face the evil of our day and advance the Kingdom of our King Jesus Christ?
See 1-5 above and repeat, and repeat and repeat.
Have a very blessed Christmas season!