7/28/16 We Find God’s Wisdom Ridiculous

“For those who do not know Jesus, to hear that He willingly died on a cross to take the punishment for our sins seems like foolish philosophy.  But to those of us who belong to Him already, it is the wisdom and power of God that we hear in the message of the cross.  The prophet Isaiah wrote, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’  Look at the people of this world who put their faith in the wisdom and knowledge of men.  Look at those who live to debate, as the Greeks do.  Look at even the Jews, God’s chosen people, who believe themselves to hold the wisdom of God because they have been given His Holy Word.  To God, every one of them is foolish.  God Himself has given freely of His wisdom through the wonders of His creation, through the words spoken by Him through the prophets, and through the Law of Moses that He gave to show us the perfection we need to live by in order to be granted access to Him.  But even with all of this, people still do not know Him.  They don’t see what is right in front of them, believing themselves to be wiser than God.  Because of this, He used a rough wooden cross to bear His message.  To the Jews, this is a difficult thing to reconcile, because our very scriptures tell us that crucifixion, or any kind of death by hanging on a tree, is the ultimate humiliation and shunning.  To the Greeks, this is simply madness because of its simplicity and seeming impossibility.  But we proclaim the message of Jesus, crucified for us, to all who will listen because there are some Greeks and some Jews who will hear the Word of Truth and believe.  Jews look for a sign from God to show them what is true.  Greeks look for wisdom and seek to increase their knowledge.  But God uses something that seems foolish and humiliating and completely against Himself to save any who will believe.  God’s foolishness is wiser than men’s wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than men’s strength.”

1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Isaiah 29:14

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