Hope, Tuesday Truths, Wisdom

Power of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

For those who have not yet put their faith in God or even acknowledged his existence to be real, the cross means nothing and neither does the one who died there. The Lord Jesus is seen by some as a cult leader, maybe even a good man or indeed a great prophet who became a martyr for his beliefs. This is man’s wisdom; this is the folly of the cross.

For those who believe that Jesus was the Son of God, that he sacrificed his life for ours to pay for every sin we have and will ever commit, the cross means everything, as does the one who died there. The Lord Jesus became our Saviour, opening the door to salvation and leading us to the path of eternal hope. This is God’s wisdom; this is the power of the cross.

The distance between the wisdom of mankind and the wisdom of God is unmeasurable. We think we have it all worked out and we are deluded about our own strength. Sin doesn’t really mean that much to a lot of people. They believe that on occasion they do the odd questionable thing but overall, they are in control of their own actions; there is no little devil sitting on their shoulder telling them what to do. This is man’s folly and this is where true weakness lies – the belief that there is no penalty for sin and no power of sin.

The pull of sin can be extremely strong but the power of God to save us from it is even stronger. Christ is the ‘word’ of the cross and that word is the power of the gospel unto salvation for everyone who believes.

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