• Jesus preached and taught – what He said has been well documented and protected – the question is, do you believe Him?
• Jesus performed many miracles, which was not offensive. What people were offended by was what He said; that is why He said, “blessed is the one that is not offended by Me.”
A person may say, “I am not offended by Jesus, I just don’t believe Him” – but Jesus did not leave that option open. Just as the famous quote from CS Lewis illustrates, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
• John “introduced” Jesus as the Messiah, he was the one the Scripture said would be the messenger sent ahead of Him, yet John was confused. He thought the Messiah was bringing Judgment, yet, here was Jesus healing, performing miracles, showing Mercy and compassion. Jesus will be returning in Judgment, but not without warning. Jesus came to warn and redeem the lost. What amazing Grace, Mercy, and kindness that He has not destroyed this generation without warning, but because of this, it will be more bearable and tolerable on the Day of Judgment for those that were destroyed without warning, than for those who were warned and did not re-think what they think they know of God, and their sin
• The offense of the Gospel has led to extreme violence against it – Jesus assures His listeners that the violence suffered will result in the advancement of the Gospel, not the destruction of It
• The Jews were burdened by their religion, which had gone from faith in God, believing God, to believing a lie, trying to earn favor with God, and ultimately “earn” their salvation. This was a heavy burden to carry. Jesus tells them, “come to Me”, “lay your burdens down”, “I will give you rest from all this”, “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light”.