Thursday, September 15, 2005

The repulsive scandal of the cross

Bob at Gratitude and Hoopla tells about a conference talk from Gordon Fee on the scandal of the cross:
It is God's utterly repulsive solution to the problem of our sin. The thing is, our own coping strategies are never as foolish as God's or as scandalously humiliating. Oh, we may be willing perhaps to sacrifice something, but never as God sacrificed. That's insane, and it's awful, and our instinct is to cry, no, the situation can't be quite that bad. Because the most scandalous, the most awful and repulsive part is this: it was all on our behalf. It was the only solution to the problem that we created. And however much we might hide from the fact, we know deep down that we have not deserved that even one drop of Christ's blood be shed for us, or one moment of that humiliation be endured on our behalf. It all seems so . . . not right. Praise God, for He chose the foolishness and scandal of the horrible cross, so that we might live with him forever.
Amen and amen.


Blogger Lyn said...

Amen as well. The scandal becomes even more poignant (in both definitions of the word) when one considers the scandal of particularity - ie, that God chose to become a particular Jewish man at a specific point in history and physically located himself on a definite geographic center. Who could have imagined! Reflecting on the enormity of this scandal, Lyn at Thought Renewal

5:01 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Good point, Lyn. Thanks for joining the discussion. Peace.

5:24 PM, September 15, 2005  

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