Why Does Jesus Offend?

The ministry partners and friends of Born of Him Ministries frequently go out witnessing. We hand out gospel tracts, get into one on one conversations and do open-air preaching. While we are doing evangelism, we frequently run into people who get offended at the name of Jesus or merely looking at a large cross. Why is that? Why do people get offended by the name of Jesus?

Recently we were at the mall on Black Friday and a 16 year old kid that was with us got upon the box to do open-air preaching for the first time. There was a crowd of about 25 people and he stood up and told the crowd that he wanted read them the Christmas story found in Matthew 1:18-25. When he started reading the story, around four or five people started singing Jingle Bells to drown him out. Why was reading the birth of Jesus so offensive? It’s a wonderful story.

Another ministry partner sometimes carries a large cross when we go out witnessing. On one side of the cross it says, “Are You Ready?” and on the other side it says “Turn From Dead Works.” People yell and cuss him out when they drive by or walk by him while he’s carrying the cross. Why is the cross so  offensive to some people? The cross is a wonderful reminder of the unbelievable sacrifice that Jesus made for Christians.

When we do open-air preaching we frequently run into hecklers who encourage us to stop, argue with us or try to distract us. They don’t want to hear the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The heckling comes from men and women, young and old alike. Some of the most vicious heckling comes from professing Christians. Again, why does it make people so mad to hear the name of Jesus? This name is the sweetest name on earth. So why on earth is it so offensive?

Why does the name of Jesus so offend some people? The Bible tells us that men love the darkness rather than light (John 3:19). In other words, people love their sins; the Bible goes so far as to say that people love their evil deeds (John 3:19).  John 3:20 goes on to say, “For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”  Unregenerate people love their sins. They do not want to be rebuked by God. They hate the light.

Jesus described Himself as the Light of the world (John 8:12). Light shines brightly in the dark and reveals what was hidden. We all have a God-given conscience. The mere mention of the name Jesus convicts some unsaved people that they are sinners. Looking upon the cross reminds some people that they have never bowed the knee at the cross of our Lord and Savior.

People get so mad about Jesus because they know that they are sinners and that their sin is repulsive to God. If you are one of those people, please don’t continue in your rebellion against our Holy God. Turn away from your sins and surrender your life fully to our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. Do this today and instead of being offended by the sweetest name on earth, you will be overjoyed knowing that Jesus has saved you from your sins. Then you will love the Light; you will love the wondrous name of Jesus.

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One Response to Why Does Jesus Offend?

  1. Engelbert Morales says:

    This article is something that I probably would have not read a year ago or so. Now, it’s something that I understand and respect. I am a man of the Catholic Faith, love the church, always have gone to Mass, etc. Growing up Catholic, we were always told that we had to complete the sacraments, go to church. I just did all of this because I was told to, not because I actually understood it. For the past year, I have started not just reading Scripture, but actually tried to study and understand it. What was Jesus like? Why are people offended? Why did I always feel that way whenever I would read something like this? Now, I know. Now, I’m not offended. Rather, I love Him more than ever. Jesus was not an easy person to follow, still isn’t. He came to save us from our sins and offended many people along the way, hence, him dying on the cross. I am still a Catholic, love the church, but now, I understand, I’m not offended. I love Him and accept my sin as a way to turn to God through repentance to not sin, to do what He wants me to do, to spread His Word the best way I can. Can one spread the Word of God without offending? My answer is no. Those who hear it and are offended are shown their sin, so they turn away. Those who hear it and are not offended, but accept it, are blessed. Again, thank you for this article.

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