The Most Offensive Message Ever
Pastor Lonnie takes offense at offense, in this message on offense and the truth behind it, and how we can live victoriously without be offended. If you are the person that takes offense, then you’ll absolutely give offense. It’s impossible for you to hold offense and not give offense. If you hang on to it, it will come out of you. Offense will hold you in bondage and will never let you go. It will blind you to truth. Jesus was the most offensive message EVER!
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Mark 6:1-6 (NKJV) Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. 2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.
4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
It’s incredible to see in this passage how offense can actually limit what Jesus can do, even in his hometown. People will often try to use offense as a weapon by shaming another person, or another people group. Shame is of the enemy and is absolutely terrible. The Bible says there is no condemnation (shame) in Christ Jesus.The only way to God is to embrace the blood and the cross of Jesus, which deals with the sin and the sinner. Let’s take a look at Romans 9 where Paul identifies the only way to escape from shame.
Romans 9:30-33 (NKJV) What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Jesus was too simple for them because Israel and the religious leaders believed you had to earn your way to God. That’s the problem with religion today, which requires that you work and earn in order to obtain access to heaven, to God, and His Son. But, this religious thinking (“stinking thinking”) negates what Jesus did. Paul, in Romans 9:33, describes Jesus as an offense to the world, and this offense was highly evident in the days of Jesus when the religious leaders took offense at Him.
Death to Offense; Death to Being a Victim
Galations 2:19-21 (NKJV) For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
If Christ died in vain, then God is a murderer and He killed His own Son. There’s a reason why it’s called the law of sin and death because it reveals the failures of men, the darkness in men, and it reveals that we need a Savior that is without spot or blemish, to pay the price on our behalf, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. We, as the people of God, need to come to the truth that we are saved by Jesus, and His grace. We are not saved by our church, or our belief system because if that were true we wouldn’t need Jesus. It is high time that we no longer take offense, even when things and people are offensive. The body of Christ should be setting an example here, and not getting caught up in demonic agendas that are trying to detract believers from their rightful position in Christ. Quit being a victim!! Quit desiring to be the center of attention and be coddled. The spirit of self-pity is a nemesis to walking in victory, and it is anti-Christ in nature because it stymies the anointing of God.
Jesus the Stumbling, Rock of Offense
1 Peter 2:7 (NKJV) Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and
“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
Don’t be offended at things that don’t even deserve your time. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you; He will never mock you, or shame you.
Romans 5:18-19 (NKJV) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
If you are the person that takes offense, then you’ll absolutely give offense. It’s impossible for you to hold offense and not give offense. If you hang on to it, it will come out of you. For example, if you hang on to unforgiveness, bitterness is going to come out of you. Offense will hold you in bondage and will never let you go. It will blind you to truth. We have to be aware that our destination, on this journey that we are on, is not just some place you are going to get to someday. Your destination is part of your journey on a daily basis. You should be living in the middle of your destiny. Your “journey” and your “destiny” are one in the same. Jesus is the light of the world, and He illuminates our journey so you never have to lose sight of the Truth, or be blind to what’s going on around you. Embrace the good things, and resists the things that have no business in your life. But, pray for wisdom because the pruning of God in your life may feel like the enemy. Don’t resist God’s work. God wants you to die to your flesh and become alive to Him. You must have a thorough death so you can have a complete resurrection.
2 Corinthians 6:3 (NKJV) We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
Do not let no ideology, no devil, no person lay hand on the anointing. Know what you are called to, and do not get involved in anything that conflicts with what God has ordained for you.