“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.” Written nearly 2,000 years ago, these words in the Bible described certain Greeks who prided themselves on their philosophy and ardently sought wisdom in order to understand the universe and mankind. Although their philosophy had not answered the questions concerning the problems of human nature or the meaning of mankind’s existence, they rejected the word of Jesus Christ and His cross, dismissing it as foolishness.
What is the word of the cross to you? Is it foolishness? Or is it the power of God to save?
The Bible reveals God created man with the purpose of entering 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, but joined together in a loving relationship.
But before this could happen, God’s enemy, Satan, stepped in and corrupted man with sin from the inside out. Mankind became thoroughly sinful in both deed and thought and completely separated from God. Mankind also became ignorant of God’s wonderful purpose for human beings.
Since then, all humanity has struggled to overcome the inward evil of sin and its consequences, and to discover the purpose of human existence. But there’s good news. God wisely made a way of salvation to bring us back to Himself: Jesus Christ and His death on the cross.
To all outward appearances, Jesus was merely 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 every human being in His body on the cross. Jesus’ redemptive death saves us from sin.
After the Lord Jesus died for us on the cross, He resurrected from the dead. In resurrection, He became the life-giving Spirit, who is available everywhere to everyone. When we receive Him, He comes to live in us, and our lives are full of meaning.
Will you regard the word about Jesus and His cross 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 power to save you and bring you back to Himself?
The Lord Jesus and all He did on the cross can be yours. Simply receive Him. He is here, waiting to come into you to be your salvation and the meaning of your human life. You can accept God’s way of salvation. Just open your heart to Him and pray:
“Lord Jesus, I accept and thank You for the word of the cross. I confess I’m a sinner. Thank You for dying for my sins on the cross. Thank You for being 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 the meaning of my life. Amen.”
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