And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
To be offended means to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey. John Baptist had sent his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the one or if they should look for another. Jesus’ response to John is summed up in Luke 7:23. “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”
John didn’t feel like Jesus was supporting his ministry and it offended him. This offended attitude caused John to begin to doubt whether Jesus was the Messiah or not. Therefore John sends someone to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the one?” Jesus said go tell John about the good things you see happening here. In other words, the answer is in the fruit that comes out of what is going on.
Unlike many ministers in today’s world, Jesus did not start talking bad about John saying you better be careful around John because he’s backslid or because he isn’t doing it right or this or that. Instead Jesus turned to those near Him and begin to defend John. John 7:27, “This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” Jesus did not attack John but rather defended him even though John was preaching instead of sitting and listening to Jesus.
The case can be made that John should have been sitting and listening to Jesus instead of up preaching. Nevertheless Jesus didn’t commit tongue murder by attempting to plant doubt about John but rather spoke in a positive manner in reference to John. A minister is guilty of tongue murder or at least attempted tongue murder when they attack someone’s character, no matter how subtle they are about it. If two people both embrace Jesus and His sacrifice for humanity on Calvary’s Cross, they have no business attempting to assassinate the other person’s character.
No wonder the religious world is so splintered today. Everyone seems to feel like if you aren’t a member of their group or following their leader then you just aren’t going where they are going. Then the leader and the members set out to destroy whoever is not a part of their group. They are guilty of tongue murder.
What if we did something radical like lift up Jesus Christ? John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”