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. - 1 Corinthians 1:18
When Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians, He was speaking to a broken church that was arguing and debating about many issues, most of which stemmed from superior knowledge or wisdom. Paul reminds the church in this passage that it is the cross itself - the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus - that is God's saving event. At that time, when people were looking for a regal King, many Jews refused to worship a crucified Messiah. It didn't make sense that their King would die such a gruesome death at the hands of the people the Jews expected Him to defeat. They wanted a man of power that would put an end to the oppression of the Roman Empire.
But, in Jesus, God turns the worlds standards of power upside down and shows us the way of forgiveness and love. But this truth was folly to many - they could not see the truth because they wanted to see something else. Their own knowledge and wisdom of who they believed the Messiah should be stood in the way of their ability to see who He really is.
The same is true today. So many people do not believe in the saving power of who Jesus is because their own knowledge and wisdom gets in the way. We are a prideful people by nature, and this beautiful gift of reasoning that God gave us is so often misused to convince ourselves we know what's best. Sadly, that very gift gets in the way of us seeing the truth.
Today, I am praying that God breaks down the pride of the unbelievers that I love so that they may only see His wisdom and truth.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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