Sunday Morning Podcast March 17, 2019. Bro. Andy Gallagher.

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TEXT: MARK 14:27  And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.  Jesus was exhorting that all that would serve Him, would be offended for His sake  

JOHN 6:60-61 

60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 

Jesus was telling these things to a group of disciples, and some did not gladly receive it, but became offended and quit following Him“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” John 6:66  It was because they didn’t fully comprehend what Jesus was saying and pointing out. They missed the importance of it all!  Verse 66, they jumped to conclusions, all though later they must have realized the message Christ wanted them to understand.  But they lacked willingness to be offended for Jesus.  Instead they made a hasty decision, to turn back, and leave off of denying their flesh or self, and their personal understanding of truly living for Christ. They chose not to be determined to keep following Christ  They left off, with now having their own personal story, and or testimony, of what following Christ meant.  They must have told inaccurate reasons, because they accepted their own errors of interpretations.  Instead of leaning not on their own understanding, (Proverbs 3:5).  So Jesus “inquired” of the remaining 12 disciples;  “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away?  John 6:67   But Peter humbly replied,    “…..Lord, to whom shall we go?  thou hast the words of eternal life. John 6:68  Peter was willing to follow Christ (Ultimately, after his initial denying of Him, just before Christ was crucified), even though he might not understand in that moment. The ones that went away, did so because they did not keep a determination to follow Christ, even when they didn’t fully understand.       

“And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Matthew 11:6  Blessed are those who never get offended in Christ.  Because all, at some point, will be offended in some measure.  But if we don’t allow that to cause us to turn away from Jesus, God will keep us!  It will require us to be truly rooted in Jesus, to endure more than for only a little while.  20 “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13th chapter.  How many people, later after following Jesus, get offended and leave the church (body of Christ)?  Let us not be offended, but patient with the Word.  Let us be still when we don’t understand.  Often others might not understand our actions, but hopefully we are all willing to understand, so we won’t need to be offended.  Sometimes though, being offended stems from not really trying to make an exerted effort to pray and understand.  It can be sometimes be that offense has come, from not really have forgiven what others misunderstand about us.  But the truth doesn’t need a defense.  Don’t try.  Just leave it, and let God take care of it.  We can still love that one, that is offended against us.  Let us wait on the Lord who in due time will help us understand.  While there are some things we should never be offended about, (God’s Word), there are some things we should be offended at as God’s children.  That is Sin!  No matter how little or big of a sin it is. Not at one another, but only the sin.  Not the sinner, but the actual sin, which we were all born with.  Jesus was gentle and kind to us in sin, not condemning us, but convicting us.  Do you remember how God dealt with you?   Jesus is hard on the self righteous, but kind to the humble repentant sinner. 

We must avoid letting ourselves become used to sin, or familiar with it.   If we become used to sin, and not offended by it,  so that it doesn’t bother us anymore, we can then more easily fall into it, and, or, not be aware and effective for Christ.  To choose sin, is to choose the world.  “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ”  Mark 8:36    We need to be willing to be offended by sin, for the sake of Christ.  

Are You Willing To Be Offended For Christ?