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. I Corinthians 1:18
He was deity that came to earth and lived as a man. He lived a perfect life. Not perfect by wordly wisdom. That would be a life full of wealth, honor, and comfort. But, perfect by godly wisdom.
In complete obedience to God He was poor, despised, rejected, sinless, and fully self-sacrificing. He gave His life to redeem the wickedness of this world. He defied nature by all the miracles He performed and indisputably by being resurrected from the dead Himself.
Have you ever really considered this story of Jesus and just thought it seems a little farfetched to be true? How foolish is it to even think that such a lowly man could have so much power? If He was deity, why would He lower Himself to this menial existence? Yet He would. He did. And therein lies the power of the message of the cross.
To grasp the wisdom of God we have to get past the wisdom of men. Men’s wisdom is rooted in carnal ventures of nobility, prosperity, beauty, and prestige. While here on earth, Jesus’ physical life was devoid of these things. However, it was full of humility, compassion, servitude, and obedience. Things that are foolish to the fleshly mind, but mighty to the spiritual mind.
Mankind doesn’t need a savior who is just like everyone else that is perishing, but one who puts to shame man’s foolishness by making evident God’s wisdom in total selflessness. This is the message of the cross. This is the power of God to us that are being saved. Cherish this message as you are enlightened by His supper today.
Powerful God, You have demonstrated Your wisdom by the cross that Jesus endured. He is mighty, not by man’s standards, but by putting to shame the foolishness of this world through His selfless deed. The message of the cross enlightens me to live a life void of boasting in my own achievements. I thank you that my boasting is in the power of salvation that is found through Jesus. I cherish this message as I partake of His flesh and blood today. Amen.
Truth in love,