The Message of the Cross
In our three churches we all had a great weekend celebrating Easter. It was a wonderful reminder of Christ and what He has done for us which is central to being a Christian.
In 1 Corinthians 1:18 the Apostle Paul addresses the church and uses a statement that we should reflect on after Easter. He said “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Paul mentions the message of the cross. This is important because the message of the cross is what saved us and what we need to share with others.
The cross is a symbol of our faith:
- It reminds us what Christ did for all mankind;
- It’s the testimony of salvation;
- It means good news, which we call the gospel;
- It is the sign of victory.
This makes sense for us and brings great encouragement, however the cross was intended for another use. Its purpose was for punishment to cause death of the accused. Crucifixion was gruesome, inflicting torture and creating the greatest amount of pain before death. This gives reason why Paul said it is “foolishness to those who are perishing”.
God used the cross to show His power. He created the cross from something that was used as a method of punishment leading to death and turned it into a symbol of victory. That is what God does every day — making the impossible to be something that is possible. What we reflected on over Easter was God showed what was used for so much evil, He can turn it into good.
The perishing will not always see the message of the cross as foolishness. To change that, we need to show them that what happened on that day was God displaying His great attribute of power for our salvation.
Paul reinforces this thought by saying “God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.” 1 Corinthians 1:30
The message of the cross is about our salvation from the grip of sin and now through what Christ has done we are given the gift of eternal life. Because of Christ and the cross, our lives have been changed.
The message of the cross is simple. It’s “God loves us”. Let’s use that this year and share our faith to someone who needs what we have – a life in Christ.
As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.”