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