Easter is just around the corner, less than two weeks now. For some reason in our culture people feel more religious on that day than on
any other. Attendance in Church spikes. Attendance in church is the highest on Easter Sunday of any day of the year.
But before Sunday, there is Friday. On Friday, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a Roman cross outside of the city of Jerusalem. It was the most painful and cruel form of capital punishment ever designed by mankind. The word “excruciating” owes its origin to the pain caused by the cross.
The story of the Scripture is that God became a man, lived without sin, and willingly submitted to death on a cross, where He who knew no sin personally was made to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteusness of God. (2 COr. 5:21)
Amazingly the cross brings out extreme reactions. Some say that it is ridiculous. Others say it represents weakness and failure. Some say it is God’s plan for salvation. The apostle Paul addressed that in his letter to the Corinthians. He said, “The Word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Cor. 1:18)
Then he writes, “to those who are the called . . . it is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Now I don’t want to wade into the debate over election and the sovereignty of God that is going on in many circles. Let me simply say, No one receives forgiveness of their sins and eternal life from God by figuring it all out. You cannot get there by wisdom, nor can you get there by miraculous signs.
A person is called by God when the Holy Spirit of God (the power of God) turns on the light of understanding in a person’s heart through “the Word of the Cross.”
In other words, it is a work of God in a person’ life, not a discovery of the human intellect. God reveals Himself to a person’s heart. It is a faith venture. So that Paul would say, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men.”