O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…
Gospel as Scandal
November 19, 2010Posted by on
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.
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!