Lent Devotions 2010: Wednesday 31 March

“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.”  I Corinthians 1:18

This verse sounds contradictory, doesn’t it?  We are taught to believe that that Christ’s message of love and salvation and forgiveness should be given to all.  And so it is – freely.  God does not say, “Fred Smith can have his sins forgiven, but Joe Bloggs cannot.”  Joe Bloggs may choose to ignore Christ our Lord, but Christ won’t ignore Mr Bloggs.  He is there for the worst unbeliever who may come to know God.  If you do not believe in God, then to those the words of the Bible, the deeds of the Cross are indeed just a folly, a story.  They will perish, and this will be their end.  For those who believe in our Risen Lord, we too will perish – everyone does – but this will be our beginning.

We pray for all those who have heard, yet not accepted or understood Your Word that one day they too will come to Christ and become Your disciples and that those who already follow You reach out to tell the wonderful story of the Cross to others in darkness.  Amen.