A Good Stumble

11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished (Galatians 5).

Most every time in Scripture where the term “stumbling block” is used, it is when it is a bad thing—every time except here and in 1 Corinthians 1:23 where it, just as it does here, refers to the cross of Christ. How is it a good thing that the cross is a stumbling block?

The cross is a stumbling block in the sense that it surprises us and gets in the way of any notion that we don’t need it—and this is a good thing. The cross scorns our own fleshly and feeble efforts at righteous living, because if anyone actually was able to live a holy life on their own, Christ would never have had to come and die.

Lord, thank You again for the cross! Help us as we walk through This Day to keep it clearly in focus. Amen.