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Gospel as Scandal

Have you ever considered the gospel as a scandal?  It is.  In fact, Jesus is a stumbling block and those that stumble over him will be broken to pieces but those that this stone falls on will be ground to powder.  Jesus Christ, Messiah, is not an adornment on your neck or your bumper, He is King of kings, and Lord of lords.  He is LORD of all!  Above Him there is no other, below Him all will bow.  There is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved but Jesus’ name!  The exclusivity of the gospel claim makes it a scandal. It robs men of the joy in their sin; it upsets their party; it kills flesh.

A Lamb led to the slaughter

Here is an excerpt from Paul Washer’s sermon called Decisionism and Regeneration given at Deeper Conference in 2008:

We sometime fail to realize how utterably astounding it is for someone to believe our message.  It is far-fetched.

The message of Jesus is that:

He was born under questionable circumstances to a poor family in one of the most despised regions of the roman empire. Yet, The gospels claim he was the eternal son of GOD conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin.

He was a carpenter by trade and itinerant religious teacher with no official training and yet the gospel claims that he surpassed the combined wisdom of the greek philosopher and roman sages of antiquity.

He was poor and had no where to lay his head and yet the gospel proclaims that for three years he fed thousands by a word, healed every manner of sickness known to man and even raised the dead.

He was crucified outside of Jerusalem as a blasphemer and an enemy of the state and yet the gospel’s claim was that his death was the pivotal event in all of human history and the only means of salvation from sin and reconciliation to GOD.

He was placed in a borrowed tomb yet the gospel claims that on the third day He arose from the dead and presented himself to many of his followers and 40 days later ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

Thus, the gospels proclaim that a poor Jewish carpenter, rejected as a lunatic and a blasphemer by his own people and crucified by the state is now the Savior of the world, Lord of Lords and the Kings of Kings and at His name every knee will bow and every tongue proclaim, including Caesars.

Do you see How impossible this claim is to believe except by the power of GOD?

It is a foolish stumbling block.

and…IT is the POWER of GOD unto Salvation, to the Jew first and also the Gentile.  The solitary scandalicitous statement is this – JESUS Christ is Lord of ALL!

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3 responses to “Gospel as Scandal

  1. Marianne Lordi November 26, 2010 at 18:36

    The fact that Christ left the spendor of heaven to walk as a man on this earth kNOWING that he would be rejected by most and tortured and killed for our sins makes the gospel even more scandalous! To comprehend the love of Christ is just beyond our limits of our minds.

  2. crisap444 August 11, 2011 at 06:26

    Really? Makes a lot of sense to me if I just take him at his word that he came to live for us not die for us; that he didn’t really care about sin (as he pretty much forgave everything) and cared more about our lack of the love we are capable of. Your argument that you believe because it makes no sense is an insult to the words of Jesus of Nazareth.

    • ruach34 August 11, 2011 at 13:12

      @crisap444 – not sure I follow what you are trying to say. In the same you post you say it “makes a lot of sense” and “it makes no sense.” What are you trying to say here. Let’s converse a bit and get at what you either make sense of or don’t make sense of at all.

      Thanks,

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