Blog Through the Bible 2

Interesting statement in Matthew 11:6 –

“And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

John the Baptist has been imprisoned and hears of the remarkable nature of Jesus’ ministry. He sends some of his disciples to confirm with Jesus wether he is the “one” i.e. is Jesus the Messiah. Jesus responds with a description of just what His ministry looks like. People’s physical needs are met, they are experiencing life anew, and they are hearing the good news of the Kingdom. Then Jesus shares this simple statement. The word for “blessed” is the same as the one used in the famous beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount, makarios. Blessed in our lives if we do not find offense at Jesus and His methods? ways? attitudes? What exactly is He saying by saying that we are blessed if we don’t take offense?

Perhaps the truth is found in our approach of Jesus, our expectations on His actions. How often do we seek Christ with a preconceived idea of how He should act. The Messiah in 1st century Judaism was thought to be coming as a military victor, he would restore the Jewish nation to its rightful place as ruling power over the world. But Jesus came and healed the sick, the lame, the leper. He didn’t fit. What is our response when Jesus doesn’t fit our thought?

Is it frustration?
Is it anger?
Is it offense?

When we truly seek to trust Christ and His plan for our spiritual act of worship is surrender. It is to trust our lives to His plan. How many people fail to experience blessing because they are offended at Jesus’ methods, His plan, His purpose because it doesn’t fit our idea? Underlying this idea of not taking offense is one of trust and faith. Trusting and believing that Jesus is who He says He is and that His way is the best way. In this trust and faith, one experiences the blessing of being within God’s will and plan.


~ by bchatcher on January 14, 2011.

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