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Monday, April 17, 2017

THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 New Living Translation
     There is nothing about Christianity that by worldly standards seems normal. For a man of flesh and blood to willingly take on the sin of all mankind for all time is mind-boggling. It defies all logic and comprehension. Why would someone do such a thing? The answer is simple. He did it for love. What is love? It is defined exquisitely in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. The love the world speaks of tends to be cheap and tawdry. It reeks of sex and infidelity and that isn’t what God intended at all.
     Those outside the family of God don’t know the first thing about him or his standard for living. It is easier to disbelieve than to believe and so they scoff at the assumed ‘rules and regulations’ that God supposedly enforces. They try anything and everything to numb the pain of reality, yet would never consider embarking on the journey of a lifetime to find eternal peace and contentment.
     The cross is an iconic symbol of love, mercy and the grace of God. With all its blood and gore it conveys a strong message of unconditional love meant for those who in many cases do not even know Christ in a personal way. That’s incredible. Knowing the human heart and its propensity to do that which is ungodly at times makes it seem even more incredible. It seems like utter foolishness to those who do not make the effort to understand. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

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