The Jews wanted a sign to convince them. The Greeks wanted wisdom to persuade them. The cross of Christ made no sense to them. But the cross is more, not less than what people want. The cross is the fulfillment of God’s plan to save and to restore people.
There is a difference between human wisdom and God’s wisdom. Certainly we are blessed by the advances made by humans in many areas. God has given people the ability to learn, to think and to make new things. But human wisdom goes off the track when it denies God’s existence, power, justice or love. God’s wisdom is reveal in the cross of Christ to save us from sin. It may not make sense to the “wise” but it does to God. Does it make sense to you?
Jesus death on a cross has been a challenge to many who are not Christians. It doesn’t make sense to them and seems foolish to them. But the cross is the power of God to pay the price for sin. The cross is the path Jesus took to defeat death. The cross may seem foolish to some, but not to God or to Jesus followers.
Jesus is the one and only Savior. He is the One who died on the cross to forgive our sins. We have Christian leaders who can teach us about Christ and help us grow in our faith, but their job is to point us to Christ. They shouldn’t take His place or divide The Lord’s Church. We can read Paul’s letters and follow Christ. It can never be reversed with Paul or any other faith leader taking Jesus’ place.
There is room in the church for healthy disagreements. There is room to consider different options and opinions to find the best course of action to take for the common good and building up the church. But there is no place for division, for breaking the church into factions that won’t get along. Of course we know that happens to often because of our sins and Satan’s desire to divide and to undermine the church. That is why we need to work to live at Peace with each other, to work for the best solutions to disagreements and to give glory to God.
There is only one Holy Christian Church made up of all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Unfortunately the church on earth has been divided by sin in many different forms. God calls us to be united in faith. But remember unity doesn’t necessarily mean uniformity. When we bring our different gifts and abilities to work together for the glory of God and the good of all, we are united in Christ. That is what God wants us to do.
God invites us to be partners with Jesus. We bring nothing. Jesus brings everything. Jesus qualifies us to be partners with Him in the Gospel. We are His personal representative in our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools and workplaces. Welcome to the partnership.
Jesus is coming back. No one knows exactly when, but Jesus will return. Those who believe and trust Jesus will be declared free from blame on the day of the Lord’s return. We should live each day ready for Jesus to come back as people of faith and integrity who rely on God’s grace and strive to honor Him.
God keeps us strong in faith and free from blame in Christ. Our faith may be tested at times to keep it strong. Even though we sin, we are free from blame because Jesus paid for our sins and took our blame away. God sees us as children of faith, blameless in Jesus. Strong and free in Jesus is a good way to be.
God gives His Church amazing gifts. Is there a spiritual gift we need? The Church already has it. The challenge is for everyone to recognize their gifts and to use them for the Good of all and to the glory of God. The Spirit distributes the gifts as needed. Our job is to use them, to put them to work. Got it?