the big idea:
The President did what?!? The pastor said what?!? Our military did what to the prisoners?! Scandals aren’t just bad because bad things happen. Scandals deal with things we didn’t see coming, things that “shouldn’t” happen the way they do. The events of Jesus’ suffering and death would definitely qualify.
But there is more to this scandal than what transpired in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. The scandal includes us all! Sadly, it is the scandal of our sin that caused all that Jesus endured. Yet even greater is the scandal of God’s grace, his undeserved love for us, that moved him to send his own Son to die for us.
During this season of Lent we will unpack the scandal that took place 2,000 years ago and its significance for us still today.
“For in Scripture it says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall” (1 Peter 2:6-8).