WHY WOULD ANY ONE BE OFFENDED IN CHRIST?
Nevertheless the Pharisees of the first century were
especially offended in Him.
B. There were also a host of others who took offense in
WE WILL NOW EXAMINE THE TEXT FOR THIS SERMON.
John the Baptist had been imprisoned for telling Herod &
Herodias the truth about their adulterous relationship.
14:3-5, “For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and
put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s
wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have
her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the
multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.”
John may have wondered why Jesus had not attempted to
have him released.
He had sent asking, “Art thou the one that cometh or
must we look for another?”
Jesus’ reply included what John’s disciples saw regarding
miracles plus the statement: “Blessed is he whosoever shall
not be offended in me.”
Evidently this settled any doubts in the mind of John the
HOW HAD OTHERS BEEN OFFENDED IN THE SON OF GOD?
MANY HAVE BEEN OFFENDED BY HIS EARTHLY LIFE.
They were offended because He was born in a stable.
He grew up in Nazareth. Many had a low estimation of
“And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out
of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him Come and see.”
They looked down on His humble life.
To them, He was a mere carpenter’s son.
13:54-58, “And when he was come into his own country, he
taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were
astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom
and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is
not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses,
and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with
us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they
were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is
not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own
house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their
2. He lacked formal schooling.
7:14-15, “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up
into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, How
knoweth this man letters, having never learned?”
Most Jews could not comprehend the Son of God dieing on a
9:13-14, “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the
ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the
purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without
spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the
SOME HAVE BEEN OFFENDED BY WHAT HE SAID.
A. They failed to understand His figurative language.
6:53-61, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink
his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at
the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is
drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood,
dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent
me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he
shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from
heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he
that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things
said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many
therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This
is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself
that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this
8:51-53, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my
saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him,
Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the
prophets, and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall
never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham,
which is dead? And the prophets are dead: whom makest thou
2:19-21, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this
temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the
Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt
thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of
THERE WERE THOSE WHO WERE ESPECIALLY OFFENDED BY WHAT
HE ACTUALLY DID.
He ate with publicans and sinners.
9:10-13, “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the
house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with
him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said
unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and
sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They
that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But
go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not
sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners
He allowed a sinful woman to touch him.
7:36-50, (Relate this incident).
He healed on the Sabbath and claimed God as His
“Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not
only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his
Father, making himself equal with God.”
Yet most of these took no notice of his miracles and
fulfillment of prophecies.
14:11, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father
in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
5:45-47, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the
Father: there is one that accuseth you, even
Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would
have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not
his writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
STILL OTHERS HAVE BEEN OFFENDED BY WHAT THEY THINK
THAT HE TAUGHT.
Many condemn Christianity because of the religious
division among those who profess to be disciples of Christ. But
He is not the author of confusion.
14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but
of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
17:20-21, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also
which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may
be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that
they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me.”
It is said that Robert Ingersoll was driven to
unbelief because he thought Jesus taught unconditional
10:34-35, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of
a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in
every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is
accepted with him.”
Carl Marx in being acquainted with the corrupt
priesthood of Catholicism and divided Protestantism concluded
that “religion is the opium of the people.”
14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none
that doeth good.”
19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament showeth his handywork.”
E. The truth of the matter is Jesus never taught any of
MANY ARE OFFENDED BY WHAT HE ACTUALLY TAUGHT.
Many are offended because He taught the essentiality
16:15-16, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and
is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
3:21, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now
save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the
answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of
Some are offended because the Lord reveals that the
mode of baptism is immersion.
6:3-4, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized
into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we
are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ
was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life.”
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him
through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him
from the dead.”
There those who are offended because the inspired Word
places emphasis upon the saved being in the church.
2:36-41, 47, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know
assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have
crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this,
they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to
the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many
other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves
from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received
his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto
them about three thousand souls.
God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added
to the church daily such as should be saved.”
VI. THEY ARE OFFENDED OF THOSE WHO PROFESS HIM.
Because dedicated Christians refuse to compromise
their convictions and participate in immorality.
4:4, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with
them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:”
While others are rightly offended at hypocrites who
profess to be Christians.
14:13, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more:
but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an
occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”
HAVE YOU ALLOWED ANY OF THESE OR ANY OTHER FANCIED
REASONS TO CAUSE YOU TO BE OFFENDED IN THE SON OF GOD?
If you have not obeyed the gospel then come forward in
penitence confessing your faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son
of God, and be baptized for the remission of your sins.
If you are a Christian, are you intimidated or ashamed to
acknowledge that you are His disciple? If for any reason you
need to make your life right before God and the brethren then we
urge you to come forward acknowledging your sins & requesting
that the brethren pray in your behalf.