The Cross of Offense


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Sin placed on holiness–

Blood mingles

Hog-tied and nailed to two boards

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The weight of human fears


They’re all offended

With what?

With healing–it’s not for today

With deliverance–people shouldn’t behave that way

That’s what the scribes say

Offended with the dead raised

The demoniac freed

The lost found

Insulted leaders don’t want the miracles of God around



But he stayed there


As the stadium emptied

The worship band packed up

And someone hit the flood light switch

The stage went dark



But he stayed there



Extended to me

Me–yet to be born and then born again.


Bloodied face–

Amazing grace!

I look

I see

And even today it affects me

Even today I am offered the choice–

To be offended with God and walk awaycross looks real

Or look


And stay.


About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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4 Responses to The Cross of Offense

  1. Carol says:

    That is powerful truth! Thank you Jesus for bearing the offense of sin for us!! I Thanks for sharing Hope!


  2. jeanoathout says:

    I just watched the PASSION by Mel Gibbons, and was moved again by the tragic, but heroic sacrifice of Jesus! I trust many were touched by the movie, and that many surrendered to this One Who gave it all for them! Thanks for sharing this, Hope.


  3. You know, the first time I saw that movie in the theater I watched it with my son (middle schooler at the time) and with a dear friend Grace and Shahbaz, the Pakistani Christian who was martyred for his faith. He saw the injustice and stood up, shaking and trembling. He slipped out of our row and went to the highest seat in the back of the theater and wept. I think he knew that such injustice would be his to bear as well. In 2011, Shahbaz gave his life. For me, that movie is so hard to watch. My son saw it with his dad previously, so he leaned over and whispered, “Mom, close your eyes at this part.” Bless his heart, he knew that I do not like violence and to see it being done to my dearest Jesus . . . tough movie to watch, Jean. Glad you mentioned it.


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