The Offensive Jesus

Jesus wasn’t concerned about offending the religious leaders of His day.  They were trying to find a way to have Him put to death and He knew it.  He also called them on it in the Parable of the Tenants.  The religious elite of Jesus’ day had been ignoring and killing prophets for years.  Those who spoke for God were dismissed and their warnings were not heeded.  God chose to send His Son to call the hearts of His people back to Him.  Again, the religious leaders did not listen and instead tried to find a way to kill Him.  He warns them that they will be destroyed and the very Kingdom of God that had been entrusted to them would be given to others.  He meant the Gentiles who would be grafted in to the people of God.
Jesus’ words still offend.  They offend us in our pride and arrogance.  They offend us in weaknesses and sins.  They offend us in our laziness and complacency.  They offend us in our apathy and lack of devotion.  He calls us to serve and follow and we only want the benefits of love and forgiveness.  We want grace without any call to commitment.  We want the gifts of love and mercy, but we don’t want to have to show any gratitude.  Jesus calls us to follow Him and sometimes His call is offensive to our selfish pride.  We may think that we have it all together, but in reality, we are so far from where we need to be.  Do not ignore the call of Jesus today, but pray that God will instill in you a fully devoted heart to Jesus.
Luke 20:9-19 (NIV)

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”

17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone’?

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest himimmediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

2 Responses to “The Offensive Jesus”

  1. 12.31.2009 at 8:55 AM

    Something you said really caught my attention… how our prideful nature is such an obstacle to faith. What a nasty infection this pride is. I so often pray for Jesus to cut it out of me. It’s the thorn in my side, always there to remind me how much I need Jesus in my life. Without Him, I’d just be the jerk I once was, before I came to know Him. Cheerio

    • 12.31.2009 at 8:57 AM

      I know exactly what you mean! I’m still kind of a jerk WITH Jesus in my life. I shudder to think about the horrible person I’d be without Him! Thanks for commenting and reading. Blessings…

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