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Wonder of the Cross – Part 2

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. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Think of how ridiculous it sounds: the only reason we can know God and go to heaven is because a radical teacher was executed two thousand years ago.

Does that make any sense at all? Not on the surface, especially when we consider what a cross meant. It was the ancient version of an electric chair or a gas chamber, only much slower and more painful in accomplishing its purpose. The idea that we can have life only because a long-ago trouble maker made enough trouble to get Himself killed simply doesn’t compute. It seems absolutely absurd.

But God has frequently worked in seemingly absurd ways, hasn’t He? He once told a man to build an enormous boat in the middle of dry, elevated land. He once ordered a very old father to sacrifice his long-awaited son, even though the sacrifice would wipe out every vestige of an ironclad promise. He picked an old exile to deliver a people from the world’s most powerful nation, a young shepherd boy to defeat an enormous giant and a small army to defeat a vast coalition using nothing more than praise songs. If we were looking for a conventional deity to impress us only with lightning bolts and a thundering voice, we picked the wrong God. Our Father usually prefers to demonstrate His power in unlikely ways.

That’s because he has inside information that we don’t have. We had no idea that we needed a holy sacrifice to die in our place. We didn’t know the enormity of the transaction that went on behind the scenes of the Cross. We didn’t know the dead Saviour would rise again. We only learned by revelation that something so absurd as his death could result in something so amazing as our life.

Never distance yourself from the foolishness of the Cross – or the foolishness of the Christian faith in general. To the world it looks absurd but to us it’s the most powerful force in the universe. Unbelievers will one day be ashamed of the things they have laughed at and we will one day be grateful for looking like fools. Always choose the foolishness of God over the wisdom of the world.

The cross is a picture of violence, yet the key to peace; a picture of suffering, yet the key to healing; a picture of death, yet the key to life. David Watson

Adapted from a devotion by Chris Tiegreen in the “Wonder of the Cross” Devotional