You Should Not Be Offended
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 April 2017
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
esus was once again moved with compassion and concern for His troubled disciples. He wanted to prepare them not only for His impending crucifixion, but also for future persecutions and sorrows. Each of the disciples may have had very different problems. No matter what be the troubles, Jesus had remedy for their troubled hearts.
As Jesus began to strengthen and advise the disciples against the severe troubles that they would be put through, He said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended” The Greek word for “offended” is skandalisthete and it carries the idea of “going astray”. In other words, the Lord was urging them to resist the pressure that persecution would apply on them to leave their faith in Christ.
The greatest danger of persecution is not death, but apostasy. That is why Jesus spoke at length in the preceding passages about His greatness, His promises and His provision of the Comforter.
Jesus then told them about the manner in which they would be intimidated (vv.2-3). Their faith and message would probably be condemned as heresy by the so-called religious men which would result in their expulsion from the religious gatherings. He also told them that “yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” With religious fervency, people would seek to kill them. Persecutions do not always come from non-religious people.
However, none of their violent measures against the genuine believers should be deemed as from God. Jesus clearly told them that “And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” Persecution of God’s people does not mean that they are out of favour with their God.
“Be thou faithful unto death.”
Teach me, Lord, to desire faithfulness more than the pleasures of this world.