Day 1 of 22
The Foolishness of the Cross
Gods 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 Gods 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 salvationour only chance to spend eternity in heavenis 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? Gods 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 Christs redemption means they must also surrender to God. They must give up their own wisdom and glory for Gods. And most people are unwilling to admit Gods 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).
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, NIV). The Cross of Christ is the central event of history, but it has also been a source of controversy and offense. In this stirring devotional series, Michael Youssef inspires our appreciation for the offending, redeeming, and very personal work Christ accomplished on the cross. These messages will ground believers in the basis of their faith while guiding unbelievers to a better understanding of the death of Christ on the cross.
We would like to thank MIchael Youssef and Leading the Way for providing this devotional. For more information, please visit: www.LeadingtheWay.org
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