Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 30, 2018

“And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 11:1-6.

“When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.

Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see:  the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.  And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”  Matthew 11:1-6.

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Why would any one take offense at Jesus?!

People do not take offense at the jesus of their imagination who only does limited things for them according to their desires and who above all recognizes and rewards them for their own works of righteousness.

But, many take offense at the Jesus of Scripture Who “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Matthew 9:13.

We noticed in today’s Scripture that Jesus only helped the hopeless, those who were blind, lame, lepers, deaf, dead, and the poor, all of whom did no works of righteousness to receive such mercy.

Likewise, in the following the Scripture, we notice that Jesus is called “A ROCK OF OFFENSE” and that those who pursued righteousness based on works stumbled over Him, “A ROCK OF OFFENSE”.

“What shall we say then?  That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;  but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.  Why?  Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works.  They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written,

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Romans 9:30-33.

Other doctrine also is offended by the Jesus of Scripture Who does not honor their works of righteousness nor their wisdom nor their alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine has faith in the Jesus of Scripture and joyfully embraces Him Who does everything for the salvation of God’s elect, knowing that all men are dead in sin deserving no honor and are incapable of contributing anything to their salvation.

“Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.”  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.


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