Lent

Names of Jesus Day 21: Stumbling Block

So many good Scriptures for today’s thoughts! A lot of good re-learning for me too!

14 “And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 8:14, ESV

Why would Jesus be considered a Stumbling Block?

This article reveals a little more context:

“There were two significant truths of Jesus’ ministry that created the conflict: the lack of His militaristic triumph over the Roman Empire, and His pattern of spiritual conduct that contradicted their existing religious system. Both in the flesh and in the Spirit, Jesus did not measure up to the Messiah that the people were expecting. Jesus literally became a stumbling block in all areas for many of the people of Israel.”(http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Holidays/old-testament-prophecies-of-the-messiah/jesus-the-stumbling-block.html)

Jesus didn’t come in a way that people expected. He was a rebel of sorts, both in the way he carried himself physically and in his spiritual teachings. He was counter cultural in every sense of the phrase. He was a stumbling block even to the religious. In the same way, by following Jesus, we as believers are trying to live as a follower of Christ in this world. We desire to draw people to The Way instead of striving to be perfect: to recognize that we can’t be perfect without Him.


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