- Disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper
- Defamatory or libelous
- Attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person.
- A result of someone's negligence or irresponsibility.
Scandals affect the lives of so many people. A simple, meaningless, poor decision can destroy lives overnight.
A quick scan of the major news media sources reveals that scandals involving infidelity and immorality are being exposed on a daily basis.
It seems that no one is immune including athletes, coaches, politicians, teachers, and yes, even more than we would like to admit, the clergy.
In fact, abuse scandals in the church (sexual, financial, verbal, and spiritual) have seemingly become such a regular part of modern culture that these types of incidents hardly surprise us anymore.
Careers and lives are ruined as families are ripped apart in the aftermath of a series of poor decisions by leaders who thought that it would NEVER happen to them.
And yet, there was one public scandal that actually brought life and saved lives.
When it happened, it was considered disgraceful, shameful, shocking, improper, defamatory, and libelous.
It ruined the reputation of the one who was involved. His friends and family eventually walked away; some publically stating that they never knew or were ever associated with him.
He was executed using one of the most painful and disgraceful methods of capital punishment that was particularly slow, painful, gruesome, humiliating, disgusting, and very public.
He was beaten and tortured and then forced to carry the very instrument that would bring his death to the execution site.
Then he was stripped of his clothes and nailed to the device and left as he was surrounded by an angry crowd who gathered to watch this naked man die a scandalous death.
And yet, it was a death that would ultimately bring LIFE to whoever would ask for life because he didn’t stay dead; in fact three days after they put him to death he came back to life; resurrected!
“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 NKJV)
And because of his scandalous death (and resurrection) ALL who ask can have new life!
“…One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 MSG)
This new life can be yours TODAY!
“This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24 MSG)
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