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Foolish but Powerful

It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:22-24 (NLT)

Battle Drill Daily Devotional

Why are famous people famous? Often it’s because they wield power or influence over people, or because they have great wealth.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.

Whether you are thinking of a politician, a celebrity, a footballer, or someone else, it is likely they are famous because they have something our society worships.

Many Jews considered the Good News of Jesus Christ as foolish, because Jesus just didn’t do what they expected. They thought the Messiah would come as an all-conquering king, as a warrior with signs and miracles in his wake. The Messiah would restore David’s throne. The Messiah would definitely not be executed as a criminal on a Roman instrument of execution. How could a common criminal be the world’s saviour?

Greeks also considered the Gospel as foolish. Jesus looked nothing like the mythological gods they worshipped. And they did not believe in bodily resurrection. Death was the end for them. There was no way victory could be found in being killed for your message. No god would come to earth simply to be killed. The gospel message just didn’t add up.

The Good News still seems like foolishness to many today, especially those who worship power, influence and wealth. Jesus came as a humble and poor servant. He avoided power. He offers entry to his Kingdom to those who humbly come to him in faith. He’s not bothered whether you have influence or not. You can’t earn his salvation through good deeds.

But there is tremendous power in this “foolishness”! Death is not the end of the road. Jesus did not stay dead! Hallelujah! His resurrection demonstrates his power over death and destruction. And he will save us from death and give us everlasting life if we but trust in his “foolishness.”

Christ is alive! No longer bound
To distant years in Palestine,
But saving, healing, here and now,
And touching every place and time.

Brian Wren
© 1969, 1995 Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 30158
Copied from The Song Book of The Salvation Army
Song Number 217

Think It Over

Think about the following:

  • When did you give up trying to prove the existence of God and simply decide to take the leap of faith to believe in the “foolish” message of the cross?

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