The Scandal of Pious People

PLEASE NOTE:  This Advent season at Faith Lutheran we are using Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God is in the Manger” devotional booklet for daily devotions and weekly sermon themes.  What follows has been taken from that booklet.

 

But we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.  1 Corinthians 1:23-25

 

The lowly God-man is the scandal of pious people and of people in general.  This scandal is his historical ambiguity.  The most incomprehensible thing for the pious is this man’s claim that he is not only a pious human being but also the son of God.  Whence his authority:  “But I say to you” (Matt. 5:22) and “Your sins are forgiven” (Matt. 9:2).

 

If Jesus’ nature had been deified, this claim would have been accepted.  If he had given signs, as was demanded of him, they would have believed him.  But at the point where it really mattered, he held back.  And that created the scandal.

 

Yet everything depends on this fact.

 

If he had answered the Christ question addressed to him through a miracle, then the statement would no longer be true that he became a human being like us, for then there would have been an exception at the decisive point…

 

If Christ had documented himself with miracles, we would naturally believe, but then Christ would not be our salvation, for then there would not be faith in God who become human, but only the recognition of an alleged supernatural fact.  But that is not faith.

 

Only when I forgo visible proof, do I believe in God.

 

Let us pray:  Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son.  By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

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