For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is The Power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
It is easy to forget the shame the cross represented at the time when Paul lived. Only criminals and disobedient slaves were crucified. Then and now, the world finds the message of the cross difficult to swallow. Glamour and success are much more attractive! In fact, those who resist the wonderful gift of Salvation, given to us through Christ’s death and resurrection, probably think that Christians are wasting their time – to them we must seem foolish to believe in a God who experienced the humility and shame of death on the cross.
But their rejection of God’s gift has tragic consequences – they have in fact signed their own death warrant and although they may not realise it, they are perishing. And so would we, if it were not for the message of the cross!
Our Old Adam is daily rising to the surface and we know that we are helpless to save ourselves. But the power of God is manifested to us through the message of the cross, and daily our Old Adam is drowned as we live in our Baptismal Grace. Thanks be to God for His wonderful gift of Salvation!
Heavenly Father, we give You thanks and praise for the wonderful gift of Salvation through the death and resurrection of your beloved Son Jesus Christ. We know that it is foolish to rely on ourselves and that it is only through your saving power that we receive the gift of everlasting life. Help us to put our confidence and trust in you alone. We ask this through Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.