“…Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 1:24b)
Not much has changed in 2,000 years. To some, the cross of Jesus is offensive. To others, the cross of Jesus is ridiculous. Those are the two primary rejections the world, that is, those who do not know the Lord, gives to the cross. To those who open their hearts to the good news story of Jesus and His cross and resurrection and receive Him into their hearts by faith, the message of the cross is one of power and life and freedom. It represents God’s salvation, the way He has chosen and ordained to rescue us from the penalty of our sin. He is the One who pronounced judgment on our sin, and that is because of His absolute holiness. He is also the One who pronounced forgiveness of our sin, and that is because of His grace in response to the blood of Christ, given on the cross.
The world is in love with its version of power, but it knows very little of real power. The world is in love with its version of knowledge, reality, and wisdom, but it knows very little of real knowledge, reality, and wisdom. Real power and wisdom belong to God, and they are expressed fully in Jesus Christ.
Today, pray for those who are deluded by this life, that their eyes may be opened to the truth of the gospel, so they may come to experience the real power and wisdom of God that is found in Christ.
Lord, May others come to faith in You today through our prayers and our witness. Amen.