Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 25- "Scandalon"

The scandal of the Christ.  It all started with a prophecy in Isaiah- " and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." (8:14) Isaiah understood perhaps better than any of the prophets that when the Messiah would come He would be an offense. That is why he also says, "he will be despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering." (53:3)  His entire life was a scandal.  Mary's pregnancy, his teaching in the temple, his consorting with John the Baptist- were all scandalous. The scandal was fanned into flame when the ministry of Jesus began. Then the gospels make it clear that practically everyone who came into contact with Jesus was scandalized. We cannot appreciate the walk towards Calvary until we fully understand that to follow Jesus is to follow an outcast.  Read the lyrics first.  Let them wash over you.  Then watch and listen to the video.  Pray for understanding.  And find sanctuary in the wondrous, scandalous grace of Jesus...

The seers and the prophets had foretold it long ago

That the long awaited one would make men stumble
But they were looking for a king to conquer and to kill
Who'd have ever thought He'd be so meek and humble

He will be the truth that will offend them one and all
A stone that makes men stumble
And a rock that makes them fall
Many will be broken so that He can make them whole
And many will be crushed and lose their own soul

Along the path of life there lies a stubborn Scandalon
And all who come this way must be offended
To some He is a barrier, To others He's the way
For all should know the scandal of believing


It seems today the Scandalon offends no one at all
The image we present can be stepped over
Could it be that we are like the others long ago
Will we ever learn that all who come must stumble

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