Three major things on What you should know about the offence of the cross and why it has to be an offensive act during this dispensation
The offences of the Christ at calvary
The offence of the cross today, as it was then, is because of its tremendous, deep, personal call for sacrifice and self-denial.
There came running into the way, as Jesus passed by, there came running into the way a rich, young ruler [Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22]
fine, upstanding, acceptable, respectable, and he kneeled down where everybody could see him [Mark 10:17].
Nicodemus came to see Him by night where nobody could know [John 3:1-2, 19:39].
This young man, this young ruler, where everybody could see in the light of day, he came and knelt down before the Lord Jesus openly in the way, and he had the question to ask:
“What does it take for me to get to heaven? What am I to do in order to be saved? What am I to do to inherit eternal life?” [Matthew 19:16; Mark 10:17].
What did Jesus has to say ?
And the answer of the Lord was: “You take the world out of your heart. You take the world out of your soul.
Take the world out of your life. Take it out, give it away, and come take up the cross, and follow Me; and thou shalt have treasure in heaven” [from Matthew 19:21;
Mark 10:21]. And the offence of the cross was too great, and the young man, hearing that saying, turned away sad of heart, heavy in countenance [Matthew 19:22; Mark 10:22].
In the second [book] of Timothy, the last chapter, number four, in the tenth verse, Paul says, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world .
At the shores of Galilee
[2 Timothy 4:10]. That’s humanity: to follow the popular Jesus on the shores of Galilee [John 6:22-24]; to repeat His great precepts, the Golden Rule [Luke 6:31]
to follow Jesus in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem shouting “Hosanna,” [Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:9-10; John 12:12-13] and “We are a follower of Him who spake the Sermon on the Mount.
But who takes up his cross and denies the world and follows Him outside the city gate where He was crucified bearing his cross? [Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23] Who denies the world? Who does?
A preacher spoke of sitting in the city of Dallas in the midst of a great group of religious leaders in the city.
On one side of him was a great businessman in the city, and on the other side of him was another, and this was a religious gathering, and he was there seated between the two able, wealthy, famous Dallas men.
Are you a followers?
They belong to a church. They were both a follower of the Lamb [John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:12-13]. Their names were on the book [Book of Life, Revelation 20:12, 15].
The man on the one side, all the time that he was there, talked of nothing but gambling. And the man on the other side talked of nothing but drinking.
And there the preacher was, the pivot-man in between, and they, laughed and carried on, having the biggest time of their lives – the preacher in the centre – the two others, one about his gambling and the other about his drinking.
“Are you a prude? Why, what’s the matter with saying ‘damn’ and ‘hell’? It helps you politically. What’s the matter with playing poker?
You’re a good scout. What’s the matter with taking cocktails and drinking? That’s to be nice and appreciative of your host. That’s the way men have a good time.
That’s the way women have beautiful parties. What’s the matter with that?”
Friends I have to say that many preachers would sit and happily enjoy that sort of company and see nothing wrong with it but let me tell you it is WRONG!
You can not be in the world and part of it and hold on to a semblance of Religion at the same time.
Religious verses Christianity
That is just what it is – religion – not Christian. The scriptures clearly state we are to be in the world but not of the world. “Come ye out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”
When we repent of our sins the Lord takes the desire of the things of the world from us but we must be willing to give up our old ways.
The old carnal nature goes and we become new creations in Jesus Christ. We are no longer slaves to satan and sin but servants to our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ is the chain breaker, He is the deliverer, He is the burden carrier, He is absolutely everything that man, woman boy or girl will ever need in life.
Friend you can’t do it on your own but Christ will give you the strength to break those filthy and destructive habits that you might be enslaved with.
That was His great work on the Cross of Calvary for you and for me. What love! God give you grace today to get right with God. Amen
By Pastor Eileen Miller