One Very Offensive Savior

The Rejection of a Bloody Crucifixion

by Pastor John Hamel


“And he shall be for a sanctuary…a stone of stumbling …a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.” (Isaiah 8:14-15)


This is indeed quite an accurate prediction.  


Eight hundred years before Jesus was born, the Prophet Isaiah predicted He would be the cause of great offense to many.  So much so that many would reject Him.  In doing so they would stumble, fall, be broken, snared and taken captive by Satan!  


This has proven to be true not only amongst the Jewish people of the world but also with non-Jews.


Many are offended by Jesus’ “bloody” crucifixion.  


The Blood of Jesus agitates those who have not accepted it being shed in place of their own blood.  


However, once the Blood is accepted, it ceases to be agitating and annoying.  It becomes precious and no longer repulsive.


Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18-19)


Another reason some are offended by Jesus’ bloody crucifixion is because it calls for a change of lifestyle.  People resist change, especially those who love immoral living. (John 3:19,20) 


Jesus also said …“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”  (Luke 9:23)


Some folks find this particularly offensive, even maddening.  They don’t want to be told that sexual sins in particular are wrong.  They want to believe that God gave them their improper sexual desires and therefore they don’t have to change.  


Some actually want to believe they are “a woman in a man’s body” and vice versa. 


This is not true.  When God created us, none of us got put in the “wrong package.”  None of us got past “Quality Control” in the wrong body. 


Some people are offended to hear this.  They don’t want to hear that sin, all sin, has to go in order to be right with God.  


This is not a popular message with the liberal crowd.  Regardless, God calls sin “sin” and not “progressiveness.”


If Preachers said, “Guess what?  God’s changed His mind.  Just go to the website and download the new revelation from the Bible.  He’s now accepting all religions, all cults, all make-believe disciplines, all false gods, sincerity and a wide range of excuses,” sinful people would jam that website.  Those Preachers would become popular immediately. 


However, God never changes His mind and that’s never going to happen. (Malachi 3:6)  The sinful people of the world will continually be faced with Jesus’ bloody crucifixion until He returns.


“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)


Are you offended by a bloody Savior?  


If so, you’ll have to pay the penalty for your own sins and you aren't going to like that. (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15) 


If you’re not offended, simply say, “Jesus, I’m not offended by Your Blood.  I choose You as my Precious Bloodied Savior.” (Romans 10:13) 


This is when things will stop happening TO you and start happening FOR you.


Be Blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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