1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
This is such an interesting passage. I’m copying a comment I made about this text a few years ago,
“Make no mistake, on its face the crucifixion looks like defeat. Jesus, the so-called Messiah, died like a common criminal at the hands of the Romans and at the behest of the Jewish priests and Pharisees. All the miracles, the teaching, the predictions of greatness – gone. Done. Finished.But then there’s the resurrection. Jesus did not die forever, but took the pain of our sin to the cross. For three days. Then at the resurrection Jesus’ utter defeat became eternal victory. Of course, not everyone believed Jesus rose from the dead – despite many witnesses. But some did believe and for them the cross meant the possibility of eternal life.”
Like many of you, I was born into a culture in which the story of Jesus was taken for granted as truth. Over the years I’ve tried to more deeply understand the Jesus story and its impact on my life, but I’ve never thought for a moment the story isn’t true. I consider that a gift of God’s grace.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice on a cross, your resurrection, and your promise of eternal life through faith. If professing this gospel is foolish to some, so be it. Make us fools for you all the more. Amen.
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As the world becomes more secular, the “foolishness” title stands out. We now see people trying to play god by defining dozens of genders, and they create their own realities. God is the Truth, the Light, and the Way. Through Jesus we understand the Truth and let God reign; we will not take His place.