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Scandal

The true stumbling block is the ease of the Gospel… The word for ‘stumbling block’ is skandalon in Greek. It is where we get the transliterated word scandal… The cross is the divine scandal!… The scandal is that though your sin was great, God’s love was greater. You might conclude that you should bring an offering for your acceptance with God, yet Christ has beaten you to it. That’s the scandal. It is a scandal of love. We couldn’t provide a sacrifice, so God provided one for Himself – in Christ. We couldn’t climb to Heaven, so Heaven came to us – in Christ. In Christ we see the grand display of the heavens invading earth. This scandal is designed to make you blush. Its intention is to make every cell in your body scream with thanksgiving and joyful praise.

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

Ease.

The gospel is easy.

Life as a Christian can be hard. But Jesus has made “getting in” easy. The “easy” is what the people of Jesus’ day couldn’t deal with. It continues to this day.

“What do you mean I can’t do anything to earn, or at least repay for what Jesus has done for me?”

That would be nice simply because it’s something we are used to. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. But that’s not how it works in the upside down kingdom of Grace.

The easiest thing in the world is to want to bring our best deeds and works to the table of grace as a way of payment, but Christ doesn’t accept any repayment for his work. He said this is a debt we could never repay, therefore it’s paid in full by Him. The hardest thing is to remember that our good deeds are not welcomed at His table after we’ve taken our seat.

We all know that we can’t bring the wrongs we’ve done to the table of grace but we can’t bring the good things we’ve done either none of them (good and bad) are allowed.

Benjamin Dunn

This is where the scandal lives for me. God covers our bad deeds and doesn’t accept our good ones!

Trust

Jesus said, ‘Whoever wants to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.’… This Scripture is not a call for the self-sacrifice of the disciples or the believer but a call to follow and trust in Christ and His work that He was about to accomplish on the cross… In the most practical sense, Jesus was saying… ‘You boys better stick me with Me; I know what I’m doing. Don’t go running off on your own and getting yourselves into trouble. Just trust Me!’

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

The moment we take off on our own and leave the rest and ease that Jesus offers, we journey down the road of self-salvation. Don’t go down that road. It will not end well. But, really it’s not that we have to leave Jesus to start trying to save ourselves. All we have to do is put or accept undue burdens on our own shoulders.

What Jesus promised was an easy yoke and a light burden. What I’ve experienced has been weight, to-dos, and the condemnation of failing to succeed. Then one day I heard about His death that provided me grace.

Game-changer.

Life isn’t always easy. Count on it. But life with Jesus in control is better. Count on it. The bible says the God’s commands are not heavy, irksome, or grievous. His command is to simply believe in Jesus.

So, obey. Stick with Jesus. Trust that He has all this. Trust that He did it all.

Obey and Trust.

If it’s not easy and it’s not light, it’s not Jesus.

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Vital Union

We have become one with Him by sharing his death. the greek word that the apostle paul uses here is ·sumphutos·. Its definition is mind blowing! It means that we are connate with Christ or born together and so sharing the same nature. Which is to say that we have been fused together with him. It speaks of a living, vital union of two individuals growing up together. The word is used of the siamese twins whose bodies were connected at one point, and whose blood flowed through two physical bodies as it does normally through one. Here the word speaks of that vital union of the believer and the Lord Jesus where God places him into Christ at the cross. This is a past and complete act, yet its results are ever abiding with us.

Benjamin Dunn

5 For if we have become one with Him [permanently united] in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be [one with Him and share fully] in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:5, AMP

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