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FOOLISHNESS AND THE POWER OF THE CROSS

How foolish it is to believe that the cross of Jesus Christ will save us from hell.   But what great power it is to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins.  He is the perfect son of God.  The Apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 1:18: “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.”  
Those who make fun of the cross usually do not deny it, but only reject its power.  At least they are not so dumb as to refuse its historical existence.  Maybe with just this glimpse into the past they can still come to the only Savior of mankind.  Because the Bible says where there is life there is hope.   “But for him who is joined with all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion, Ecclesiastes 9:4.” 
There is no doubt that in the world there is persistence in seeing the cross as pure foolishness.  With this mentality they cannot perceive that Jesus died on the cross for their sins.  I believe in Jesus Christ, and I know that He loved me so much that He took my condemnation and iniquity on Himself.   My inclination to do evil, rejoice in wrong doing and to crush my fellow man was nailed to the cross.  Now, I know that although I still have these tendencies and its prejudices, I no longer have to be dominated by them. 
The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by many authors, about 40, from many cultures and in three languages.  It is the best book in the world for Christians and Jews alike.  The cross is mentioned in the Old Testament and in many times the New Testament.   For example, we see the shadow of the cross in the Book of Exodus in the celebration of the Passover.  The blood of the lamb is applied on the posts and on the lentil of the door where it could be observed.  Another place would be Psalm 22:16, “they pierced my hands and feet.”
Another basic passage of the cross is Isaiah 53:5.  “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”   Verses 8-9 of this chapter, say that He would be judged, condemned and killed for the transgressions of his people.  He would die among the wicked and with the rich.  We think that this refers of His burial in a rich man’s tomb.   
In order to obtain a constant victorious Christian life, we must decide to always identify with the cross of Jesus Christ.  A good place to start is to agree with Saint Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, Galatians 2:20.”
The Apostle Peter in his first letter (I Peter 1:18-25) explains the victory of the cross for the believer.   The starting point for the Christian life is to come to the cross of Jesus Christ.  Praise God that He was nailed there for me and my sin and shame.  We can lift up our voices and sing in adoration to Him who died for us.  Unfortunately, there are many Christians who have already come to the cross, but still live defeated by their sins.  We have to acknowledge that Jesus invites us to daily carry the cross but to let Him carry it for us.  He is peace for all of us. The miracle of the cross and His sacrifice is the only way to heaven.  Here is a hymn that reminds us of  this. 

FOOLISHNESS AND THE POWER OF THE CROSS                                                            
AT THE CROSS

Alas and did my Savior bleed?  And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head for sinners such as I                    Refrain

Was it for crimes that I have done He groaned upon the tree:
Amazing pity grace unknown and love beyond degree                       Refrain

Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut His glories in
When Christ the mighty Maker died for man the creature’s sin        Refrain

But drops of grief can ne’er repay the debt of love I owe
Here Lord, I give my self away  ‘Tis  all that I can do                           Refrain

Refrain
At the cross, at the cross where I first the light And the
Burden of my heart rolled away.  It was there by faith
I received my sight.  And now I am happy all the day.
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