Jesus really offended the Jews one day when He described himself as the Bread of Heaven that would satisfy their deepest hunger.
41-42 At this, because he said, “I am the Bread that came down from heaven,” the Jews started arguing over him: “Isn’t this the son of Joseph? Don’t we know his father? Don’t we know his mother? How can he now say, ‘I came down out of heaven’ and expect anyone to believe him?”
Skandalon… How could they accept Jesus’ claim to be sent from Heaven? This was offensive to their minds. They knew his family and judged Jesus by their familiarity with his human connections. Jesus’ words were offensive because he was saying that he was ‘holier than thou’… legitimately!
Many today reject Christ because they associate Him only with the humans who claim to represent him. When you hear the world and many of Jesus’ followers mock and ridicule the shortcomings of the followers, be careful that you do not look at Jesus this same way.
If you have more focus on the failure of his followers, it will eventually erode back to questioning the claims of Jesus. I would challenge the critics to begin looking for the followers who live humbly as the salt of the earth. How often do you pay attention to the expression of Jesus seen in them? The failure of followers can remind us that we still need to be saved from our own power games and high-mindedness.
Skandalon… When we live to find fault and discredit, we may miss out on God’s presence in our midst.