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The Foolishness of the Cross

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God’s wisdom is so far above our human understanding that we consider it foolishness. For centuries, humanity has tried to make sense of this world with philosophies and theories, because it could not grasp the Truth of God. Only God’s wisdom will lead us on the right path. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

From our limited human perspective, it seems impossible that God would become man, die on a Cross, rise three days later, then ascend into heaven. It seems even more impossible that our salvation—our only chance to spend eternity in heaven—is rooted in our belief and following of Jesus Christ who died on that Cross for our sins. Humanly speaking, how could the death of one man so long ago determine the destiny of every human being ever created? God’s act of redemption makes no sense to the natural mind. Human wisdom cannot comprehend the Cross.

Human wisdom may show us the problems of life, but it fails to give us the solutions. The root of all of our problems is sin, which humanity refuses to acknowledge. The unrepentant heart justifies and explains away sinful behavior.

Human wisdom asks, “Who needs the Cross when we are good people?” However, human intellect cannot save us from an eternity in hell. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25).

People consider the Cross foolishness because admitting their sinfulness and the need for Christ’s redemption means they must also surrender to God. They must give up their own wisdom and glory for God’s. And most people are unwilling to admit God’s ways are better than theirs.

Prayer: God, thank You for the Cross. I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of redemption. Thank You for dying for me. Amen.

“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21).

 

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Fifteen Truths About Jesus

Christianity views all other religions, as well as denominations and cults on their assessment of and faithfullness to the persons of Jesus and His teaching

Jesus is God
1. Jesus forgives sins – “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Mark 2:10

2. Jesus preformed miracles – “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father.” John 10:32

3. Jesus is one with God the Father – “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.” – Augustine of Hippo

4. Jesus came from the Father – “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” John 16:28

5. Jesus is the Christ – “The high priest asked Him [Jesus], ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ ‘I am,’ said Jesus.” Mark 14:61-62

6. Jesus is the Messiah – “The [Samaritan] woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.’ Then JEsus declared, ‘I who speak to you am He.'” John 4:25-26

“Brethren, we ought so to think of Jesus Christ as of God.” – 2 Clement (the oldest extant Christian sermon after those recorded in the New Testament)

“Take hold of Jesus as a man and you will discover that He is God.” – Martin Luther

The gift of Jesus

7. Jesus came to give spiritual life – “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

8. Jesus gives us the right to become God’s children – “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.” John 1:12

9. Jesus bestows eternal life – “I give them eternal life.” John 10:28

“Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or He was Himself deluded, or He was divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma.” – George Duncan

10. Jesus keeps us in eternal life – “They shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28

11. Jesus is fully God
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12. Jesus became fully man – “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11

“Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He Himself is the Way.” – Karl Barth

The cross and resurrection of Jesus

13. Jesus’ death was a ransom for our sins – “The Son of Man … gave His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

14. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners – “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

15. Jesus rose from the dead – “But God raised Him from the dead.” Acts 2:24

“Jesus is either God, or He is not good.” – Anselm

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