Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Weak and Foolish God

“… we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles., but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than Man’s strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-25 NIV

Jesus is the power and wisdom of God. He is the power of God because through his death and resurrection he broke the power of sin and death. The cross was a symbol of weakness. Those who were hung on crosses were totally powerless. They had come to the end of themselves. They couldn’t shake off the flies that swarmed to their wounds. They couldn’t cover their nakedness. They couldn’t escape the heat or the sun or the cold at night. They could do nothing for themselves or for others. They couldn’t stop the grief of those who loved them. All they could do was hang there and suffer for a long time.

Jesus is the wisdom of God. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.” It seems foolish and contradictory to use death to destroy death. It seems foolishness that one man’s death could save an entire world over millennia. It seems foolish to love those who despise and abuse you. It seems foolish, when God has the power to zap us all and start over, that he chose instead to love and redeem us. “The weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

We want wisdom and power in our leaders and in our God and because God chose to look foolish and powerless, many have a hard time believing that Jesus is worth following. He is a stumbling block on the path to God. Have you tripped over Jesus lately?

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