The Word of the Cross

 

“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Written nearly 2,000 years ago, these words in the Bible address the attitude of certain Greeks in Corinth who prided themselves on their philosophy. They ardently pursued wisdom in an attempt to understand the universe and mankind. Yet, although their philosophy had not answered the questions concerning the problems of human nature or the meaning of mankind’s existence, these wisdom seekers rejected the word concerning Jesus Christ and His crucifixion, dismissing it as foolishness.

The Bible reveals to us that God created mankind with a purpose. He wanted to enter into man to be man’s life, enjoyment, and everything. As a result, man would be God’s expression. God and man would not be two separate entities, one far away, worshipped by the other, but the two would be joined together in a loving relationship.

Before this could happen, God’s enemy, Satan, corrupted man and polluted him from the inside out. Man became sinful, dark both in deeds and thoughts, and thereafter struggled to overcome the inward evil and its consequences. He did not understand what God wanted or why he existed.

But God in His wisdom made a way of salvation: Jesus Christ and His death on the cross.

Jesus Christ, to outward appearances, was simply a good man who died an ignoble death by crucifixion at the hands of the Roman government. But Jesus was more than a good man. He was the Almighty God who humbled Himself to become a lowly man. He was without sin, yet He willingly bore the sins of all mankind in His own body on the cross. His redemptive death saves us from sin and a meaningless existence.

The Lord Jesus not only died for us on the cross, but He also resurrected from the dead. In resurrection He became the life- giving Spirit who is available anywhere, anytime, to anyone.

This word can either be foolishness to us or it can be the power of God to save us. Which will it be to you? Will you reject this word as foolishness, even as you struggle with the problem of your sins and the emptiness of an existence without purpose? Or will you recognize the cross of Christ as God’s wisdom and the power of God to save you?

The Lord Jesus and all He did on the cross can be yours simply by your receiving Him. He is here now, waiting to come into you to be your salvation and the meaning of your human life. You can accept God’s way of salvation simply by opening your heart and praying:

“Lord Jesus, thank You for the word of the cross. I accept this word. I confess that I am a sinner. Thank You for dying for my sins on the cross. You are truly God’s way of salvation for me. Lord Jesus, I open my heart to You. Come into me. I receive You as my Savior and my life. Amen.”


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6 thoughts on “The Word of the Cross

  1. In history, when the Great Revival brought many to know The Lord Jesus as their personal Savior, the result was people seeking a higher meaning for life. Americans became so proud of the 4 Freedoms so beautifully exemplified in the paintings by Norman Rockwell: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Want, Freedom to Prosper and certainly the idea to accept “regardless of race or creed” was a thought that “Love your neighbor as yourself” sowed into the hearts of many. The only problem was, and still remains, is that we are all sinners who fall short of the Glory of God. By taking Christ Jesus as our life, we can begin the journey of being equipped to fulfill the desire to be like our Heavenly Father. If so many realized today that to be “Free” from unforgiveness, hatred, the love of money, idolatry, (loving “things” above loving God), free from confusion, bigotry, adultery, fornication, and host of darkness that expresses itself in fallen mankind, we must choose to seek the Life of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. What a privilege. God reached us because He loves us. We learn to take Him as our Life so we can share His Truth and Light and Love with others. Many throughout the history of our country were proud that America was a beacon of light for freedom and many from around the world sought to get here. But, without taking Christ as our Life, we will always degrade into something that doesn’t shine and is without God’s Light and Life. Seeking Him vs. self seeking is the experience of The Cross you so perfectly shared.

  2. The word of the cross reveals God’s heart toward us. No one has ever seen God, but the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, has declared Him (John 1:18). His death on the cross was declaring God’s heart towards man. God loves man. He is the Savior of man and He desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4). He, as the man Christ Jesus, gave Himself as a ransom for all when He died on the cross for you and me (verse 5).

    The world came into being through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, yet those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name (John 1:10-12).

  3. Since my youth, I could not bear the thought that my life had no purpose. How good it is to realize that we are not saved just for salvation itself but that our purpose is for God and our life is not meaningless. Even though Satan did his best to confuse man and make man misunderstand God, the Lord Jesus came, was crucified, resurrected so that our lives and we ourselves would not be empty. Praise the wise God!

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