Why the Cross? : Day 1

The Foolishness of the Cross

God’s wisdom is so far above our human understanding that we consider it foolishness. For centuries, humanity has tried to make sense of this world with philosophies and theories, because it could not grasp the Truth of God. Only God’s wisdom will lead us on the right path. “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” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

From our limited human perspective, it seems impossible that God would become man, die on a Cross, rise three days later, then ascend into heaven. It seems even more impossible that our salvation—our only chance to spend eternity in heaven—is rooted in our belief and following of Jesus Christ who died on that Cross for our sins. Humanly speaking, how could the death of one man so long ago determine the destiny of every human being ever created? God’s act of redemption makes no sense to the natural mind. Human wisdom cannot comprehend the Cross.

Human wisdom may show us the problems of life, but it fails to give us the solutions. The root of all of our problems is sin, which humanity refuses to acknowledge. The unrepentant heart justifies and explains away sinful behavior.

Human wisdom asks, “Who needs the Cross when we are good people?” However, human intellect cannot save us from an eternity in hell. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25).

People consider the Cross foolishness because admitting their sinfulness and the need for Christ’s redemption means they must also surrender to God. They must give up their own wisdom and glory for God’s. And most people are unwilling to admit God’s ways are better than theirs.

Prayer: God, thank You for the Cross. I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of redemption. Thank You for dying for me. Amen.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:21).


We would like to thank MIchael Youssef and Leading the Way for providing this devotional. For more information, please visit: www.LeadingtheWay.org