Offended by Jesus

And they were offended by [Jesus]. And blessed is the one who isn’t offended by him.

Matthew 13:57, 11:6 CSB

“Sometimes good people don’t like the message of mercy, because they think (wrongly) that people are going to get away with wickedness. But mercy was at the heart of Jesus’ messianic mission. This is where and how God is at work. Those who recognize it, and are not offended because they were expecting something else, will know God‘s blessing.” —N. T. Wright

Are you offended when God does the unexpected? Shows mercy on someone else? Are you offended by what he does and does not do?

Participating in God’s kingdom means we expect him to be unexpected and aren’t offended by him. Instead, we are happy and well off.


Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone Part One (Louisville, KY: SPCK and Westminster John Knox Press, 2004), 127.

3 thoughts on “Offended by Jesus

  1. I am realizing that I am offended far more frequently than I care to admit. So grateful for His gracious “My ways are not your ways.” Always the choice to surrender to His stronger love, His mysterious wisdom, and His redemptive power.

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  2. Pingback: Themes and Takeaways From Matthew’s Gospel | Pondered Treasures

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