Day Three: The Message of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24 (NIV)- For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

“… When Paul came into a pagan city that prided itself on its intellectual and cultural life, and stood up to speak about Jesus of Nazareth, who had been crucified by the Romans but raised from the dead by God, and who was now Lord of the world… he knew what people would think.  This was, and is, the craziest message anybody could imagine… It was news of an executed criminal from a despised race.  Nor would the Jewish people themselves enjoy it.  As Paul knew, it was ‘scandal” to them. The Christian good news is all about God dying on a rubbish-heap at the wrong end of the Empire… It’s all about the true God confronting the world of posturing, power and prestige, and overthrowing it in order to set up his own kingdom, a kingdom in which the weak and the foolish find themselves just as welcome as the strong and the wise…” [Wright, N.T.  Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians.  p. 12-13]

Take a moment to marvel anew at the message of the cross, thanking God that, for us who are being saved, it is the power and wisdom of God.  Let’s also worship to this song – Your Cross Changes Everything (Matt Redman) (click here).