“Whosoever eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
How offensive the proclamation of the cross is today! Preach “works” and people will applaud you. Preach “baptism” and you can form your own denomination. Preach “church membership” and you’ll get along fine. Preach “the social religion” — or most anything you want …to preach — and people will applaud,
but God will be offended.
But, my brother, if you preach the cross — proclaim the death of death on that cross — preach it in all of its offense and shame — preach it in its humiliation — preach it in its goriness, its bloodiness — and then preach the cross in its victory.
I say to you, then God will applaud, but the people will be offended.
“These things said He in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard this, said, This is a hard saying, who can hear it? When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured at it, He said unto them, Does this offend you?” (John 6:59-61)
Everything the Lord Jesus did when He was here in this world offended somebody — and you know He is still offensive today. He is the rock of offense (Romans 9:33). For instance, His birth in a stable in Bethlehem was offensive. My, my, the Lord of Glory has no business being born in a cow stall! And that is offensive even today! Also, His common heritage offended men. He didn’t come from the high and mighty, and one person upon learning that Jesus was from the little province of Nazareth is quoted as saying, “Can any good thing come out of Galilee?” His death on the cross of Calvary was offensive then and it is offensive now (Galatians 5:11). His second coming is offensive to so many religious people. It was offensive then — and it is offensive today.
And here in our text we find that His preaching greatly offended people of His day. On many occasions when the Lord would speak, the people became so angry that they’d take up stones to stone Him. How then does the modern-day preacher hope to get along with the world and please the unsaved and religious crowd, when they hated the Lord Jesus with such fury that they nailed Him to a cross? My dear friends, the world loves it own — it hates God’s people — it always has and it always will.
“If ye were of the world, the world would love its own, but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (Jh 15:19)