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10/06/2009

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No Offense Intended - My Bad


"These things I have spoken to you that you not be offended" (Jn. 16:1).

Have you ever been a victim or witness of "road rage?" You become a victim usually when you make a mistake driving that offends someone to the extent that they must somehow take revenge, often by doing something dangerous with their car. I guess that there are just people out there that are more easily offended than others. In Jesus' day there were those that took offense with Him. There were those who took offense about the circumstances surrounding His earthly life. There were those that took offense about where he came from.."Can anything good come out of Nazareth" (Jno. 1:46)? Some were offended by His station in life and family. "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't His mother's name Mary and His brothers James Joseph, Simon and Judas" (Matt. 13:55)? How about His education? "How did this man get such learning without having studied" (Jno. 7:15)?

As Jesus really got into His ministry, many took offence at some of the things that he did. Eating with the publicans and sinners for example or permitting a sinful woman (Lk. 7:39) to touch Him. He healed on the Sabbath, and said that God was His Father in Jno. 5:18 which greatly offended the legalistic religious leaders of His day. There were things that Jesus said that offended..."I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never go thirsty" (Jno. 6:35). "If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death" (Jno.8:51). "I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days" (Matt. 26:51)

All of this being said, are there those in the world today that are offended by our Savior? I believe that there are still people in our world that are threatened by the truth of God's Word. Some are just not willing to believe in Him and there are others that believe but take offense at the obedience part. "If you love Me you, you will obey what I command" (Jno. 14:15). Finally, there are those that are offended by us! As Christians, we must walk that fine line. We must try to be righteous without being smug. We need to serve, but give the credit to the Lord. And lastly, we must be willing to serve as examples. When we overtly do wrong, people may take offense with us, the church and Jesus. "My bad" is just not good enough. We need to truly walk the walk...

Have a great day...It would be a super day for a RAK...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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