Scandals happen all around us. They are in the news every day, and we hear them in the break room at work. What makes scandals interesting to hear? Could it be the intrigue of crossing moral and social boundaries?
Paul the Apostle called the cross of Christ a “scandal” in his letter to the Corinthians. A scandal in Paul’s day was a word picture of someone stumbling on something. The cross is just that for those who don’t believe. Paul put all people into two categories — Jews and Greeks. He says to the Jews the cross is a stumbling block, to the Greeks (Paul’s word for anyone who was not naturally born a Jew) the cross was foolishness (the word we use for moron today).
The cross isn’t very offensive today because in our culture it has become a decoration or a religious adornment, which isn’t inherently wrong. But, the cross’ offense comes in its function. The cross was an instrument of death. It was reserved for criminals. To the Jew it was unbelievable that God would come as a man and die like a criminal, even though it was prophesied in their Scriptures that this would happen. To the Greek, this was foolishness (moronic) that God would die for the sins of man; Greek gods would not do that.
So the scandal of the cross shows us that we are in desperate need of salvation from sin and ourselves. For the Christian, an essential part of overcoming the scandal of the cross is faith. Without the scandal of the cross, faith in God would not be true faith.
True Jesus followers celebrate Easter because we placed our faith in the power of the cross to remove our sins. It is a crazy idea if you really think about it; the Creator God of the Universe comes down in the form of man, dies on a cross to redeem His creation from their own sin and raises from the dead signifying power over death itself. It’s not just crazy, it’s scandalous.
Easter is fast approaching. We invite you to join us this Easter at Johnston Evangelical Free Church. We have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday services are 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on April 20. We will be serving a free breakfast from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Easter morning. We would love to celebrate this scandalous story with you.
Johnston Evangelical Free Church
9901 N.W. 62nd Ave.
8 a.m.: Worship with nursery and Children’s Worship
9:30 a.m.: Children and youth Sunday school, adult Bible fellowship
10:45 a.m.: Worship with nursery and Children’s Worship