Logan Pope 12/22/2017
Sorry if I offend you.
The Gospel is perhaps the most offensive message that anyone can hear. Christianity teaches that God is all loving but the only way to him is through Jesus. Furthermore Jesus called people to die to themselves (Matt 16:24-25). And you can’t even please God without Faith (Hebrews 11:6).
Pushing Jesus on someone can be offensive, telling others that there is no other god except the God of the bible that’s rude, unless one thing and we’ll get to that at the end.
One particular ruler was so threatened by the coming of the christ that he attempted to have him killed as a baby. Jesus is so offensive to sinners that they tried to kill him as a baby.
The Flight to Egypt
Beginning in Matthew 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Herod Kills the Children
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.
King Herod, the man who was king over the area where Jesus was born was a cruel wicked man. He was only concerned with protecting his throne and when Jesus came he thought his rule may soon be at an end so he did what kings do and sought to destroy his enemy. A little baby.
Herod had good reason to believe his rule was coming to an end, because the God who gave him that authority the king above and behind all kings was hear. But he did not come to end earthly rulers. He came to end sin’s rule over us. Herod was mistaken in thinking Jesus came to take his place. He already had all authority and was the rightful king over everything (John 1:3).
Jesus instead came to take our sin on himself, lay down his life so that we can be made right with God. His lordship comes in to play after that, because of his substitutionary death and resurrection we know he has all authority in heaven and on earth and trusting in him alone will be the only thing that can get one to God.
So does this give christians a pass be offensive and push there religion on someone else? No, it’s rude to tell someone they’re destined for hell and that any belief in anything other than Jesus is folly. Unless, it’s true. If it’s true that we are sinners that can never live up the the perfect standard of righteousness of God, And that by grace alone through faith alone can one be forgiven of sin. Then the rude thing to do would be to not tell someone, to not share the good news that Jesus christ, paid the debt owed for sins and that there is mercy and forgiveness of sin for those that put their faith in him.
If you know christ as your lord and savior you have good news of great joy that needs to be told, don’t be afraid to offend someone by telling them of the love of christ.