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The word of the cross – folly or power?

proccrossfrontlgThe cross was never a foolish thought to me and to be honest I cannot remember why.  The only reason I know that it can be is that today, because as I share the gospel with others, they are absolutely stumbling over this issue.  In fact they look at the cross as the triumph of evil over good.

The cross has always been the means from where the power of God was demonstrated and is the symbol of the promise of my salvation – I am saved because of the cross.

In fact, I love communion.  I pray that one day I may be in a place of worship where I can celebrate it every week.

You see, I meet men who consider themselves wise and wealthy.  A bad combination when introducing the power of the cross.  At the end of their day they will see that their wisdom was foolishness and the cleverness was thwarted.

Seriously, where are the wise men of our age, the writers of philosophy and the debaters who have denied the power of the cross?  The answer would only make the “foolish” believers of the cross very wise.

History tells us that the wisdom of this world did not know God nor His wisdom.  So God used the “foolishness” of the cross to preach so that many might believe and be saved.

The Jews demanded signs and the Greeks sought wisdom so the apostles preached a crucified Christ that became a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.  But to those who have decided to follow Jesus, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ became the power of God and the wisdom of God.

The foolishness of God is wiser than ours and the weakness of God is stronger than ours.

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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