Have you heard of this truth behind the instance and the popular Jesus
The sermon of the mountain
There’s a typical instance of the popular Jesus. We believe in the Great Prophet of Nazareth.
We are followers of Him who preached the Sermon on the Mount.
We believe in the great ethical concepts of the Son of God.
But who denies this world and comes out of it, and, if necessary, beyond the gate bears His cross and the reproach outside the city walls?
A man was heard to say “Where I live – it’s a lonely life where I live.
where all of the world around me is compromised and their practices and their ways are not the ways that I can share. And I live among them a lonely life.”
Coming out of the carnal mind
I don’t see how you can escape it. If you’ve given your heart to Christ and if your life is devoted to Him.
how can you not come out of the world? That’s the offense of the cross [Galatians 5:11].
They have no quarrel with the Jesus of the Mount [Matthew 5:1-7:29], and the Jesus of the Sea [Matthew 14:22-33;
Mark 4:35-41], and the Jesus of the quiet time, and the Jesus of the great triumphal entry [Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40;
John 12:12-13]. It’s only the Jesus of the cross that the world finds a scandal and an offence [Romans 9:30-33; Galatians 5:11].
What about our young people: in how many areas and in how many categories do they find themselves in a struggle in their own souls and hearts?
“What shall I do, and where shall I go, and what shall I say, and in what shall I indulge?”
The offence of the cross; the scandal of the cross [Galatians 5:11].
The truth about the vow
This last avowal: “Then is the offence of the cross ceased” [Galatians 5:11].
The cross is an offence to those who refuse to see in it and to accept it as the only way to God, the only way of salvation [2 Corinthians 2:15-16].
Nobody has any quarrel with Jesus when you place Him in a pantheon. He’s one of the great religious teachers of the world.
Nobody has any quarrel, nobody feels any scandal about Him, no one feels an offence concerning those great.
beautiful words of the Lord Jesus: beautiful, beautiful, high ethical gems.
And here we have a book you can go buy them and in the Life magazine a whole series of articles on the beauty of Mohammed and what he said;
And the glory of Mahavira; Buddha and what he said; and the gracious words of Confucius and what he says; and the fine.
ethnical precepts of Moses and what he said; and the fine and beautiful and lovely gems of teaching that drop like distilled dew from the lips of the Lord Jesus.
There’s no offense in that: just one in a great succession of religious teachers. We’re happy to have Him.
We love for our language to be enriched with such literature and for humanity’s moral and ethical life to be elevated by the presence of such high and holy sublimity in our midst.
The cross the only Hope
But when it comes to saying that in Him alone, and in that cross alone, is our only way to God [1
Timothy 2:5], our only way of salvation [Acts 4:12], the only forgiveness of sins [John 14:6].
then there is an offense and there is a scandal in the cross [Galatians 5:11].
What do you do? “There’s none other name under God, given among men, whereby we must be saved” [Acts 4:12].
“God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” [Galatians 6:14].
These are they who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” [Revelation 7:14]
Not in the rituals of Moses, not in the precepts of Confucius, not in the Ramadan of the Muslim, but in the blood of the Son of God the offense of the cross [Galatians 5:11].