The Scandal of the Kingdom

good-fridayGood Friday is coming soon.  I used to wonder why Christians call the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s death “Good” rather than “Bad” Friday.  After all, on its face it doesn’t look right to celebrate the death of Jesus.  People in the first century who followed Jesus, believing him to be the promised Messiah, were scandalized by his death.  “Why did Jesus have to die?  Wasn’t he the Lord of Life?”  Mark Strom, author of The Symphony of Scripture, explains the scandal of God’s kingdom as the crucifixion of Jesus.  Below is a slideshow based on chapter 15 of his book.

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