A Nail in a Firm Place March 23
I Corinthians 1:18, 21,25
18: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
21: For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them.
25: Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of is God stronger than men.
Have you ever been called a fool for Christ? Maybe you knowingly did something good for someone who had wronged you in the past. Your friends and family members perceived it, as you are being taken advantage of. Even the person as they took your last bit of money chuckled to themselves thinking: “what an idiot.” Pure foolishness in the world’s eyes, but in reality, it is the power of the cross.
No nail hung Jesus on the cross, it was His love for us that kept Him there, while the criminal next to Him taunted Him, saying: “If you be the Christ get us down from here!” It was foolishness to him that our savior would hang on that tree, so that the blessings of Abraham would be ours.
But in all the pain and suffering the Power of God was being displayed and we knew it not. How much strength did it take to endure? ‘Please send ten thousand legions of angels to save Me!’ And it would have happened.
The wisest theologians stood and watched their Messiah die on a tree, but could not see the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men. People think it’s crazy to see someone standing on a soap box preaching the gospel, enduring insults and laughter. But God in all His wisdom chose this method, preaching.
I’ve thought about this verse many times over the years. What other ways could God have chosen? Once I heard a story about some missionaries in the middle east that were going to play the Jesus movie and Muslims came from all around, because Jesus had appeared to them in the sky and said: “Go to this village to learn about Me.” How else could He have done it? He’s pretty smart, I’m sure He could have come up with many other ways. But I think He made the right choice.
You see the power of the cross was not in the nail, it was in the Love. Love has made fools out of us all, and God is foolishly in Love with you, and His foolishness is wiser than men.
Are you having troubles? Maybe in your marriage? Look at your wedding ring and view it like the cross, no nail keeps it there.
He is: Yated Aman Maqom
A Nail in a Firm Place