The Stumbling Block

Despite what some may say or believe about our current society, we are still a God—aware people. Our money says we trust in God and every little village seems to have at least one church. Though we refuse to keep the Ten Commandments in our public buildings, we still enforce their precepts against murder and robbery and have a high regard for honesty and loyalty. Christians and non- Christians alike have no problem with exclamations like, “Oh my God!” and “God bless America”, and can even carry on conversations about God with very little discomfort. But at the mention of the name Jesus, the Son of God incarnate, a veil seems to fall in front of the eyes of many, even Christians, as they do not want to hear, or be reminded of their sin and what the payment for it was. Unfortunately, it has been that way since the time of the apostle Paul who wrote in I Cor. 1:23, “but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block and unto the Greeks (non—Jews) foolishness~~ . Neither could recognize their need for a redeemer because neither saw themselves as having sin. Paul wrote in Romans 9:33, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling block and a rock of offense, and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed”. To some, Jesus is just an obstacle to avoid tripping over, but to others, the name Jesus is so offensive that they will stand and argue, screaming curses at anyone who dares speak of him. Jesus himself quoted Psalm 118:22 in Matthew 21 saying that the stone that the builders rejected has become the head of the corner (v.42) and two verses later says, “whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”. Jesus was the stone rejected and yet, he is the most important stone of all. He’s calling for all to fall upon him in true repentance; to be broken over the reality of their sin. There is healing for that brokeness, but to wait, until one “meets his maker”, without that reconciling, is too late. There is no healing for that which can be scattered by the wind. Jesus, a stumbling block, a rock of offense, or the cornerstone of a fruitful life. It is your choice.

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