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. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:18–26 ESV)
Two men discuss life in a bar. One a Christ Follower and the other an unbeliever. The unbeliever called his friend because he had fallen on hard times. He had lost his job, his wife, and his hope in humanity. When this friend asked his believing in Christ friend, “how do you deal with life?” The friend simply answers, “Christ is my power, strength, and comforter in times of need.”
What a profound response to a friend in need. What more can one say? Paul shows us how the cross is the answer to our human dilemma. When we attend church there should be a priority placed on the proclamation of the gospel by establishing the uniqueness of the cross and its power to answer the problem of our sin. Our task as Disciples of Christ is to be able to sum up the gospel as the message of the cross. In our broken world, the cross is present as pure foolishness. The Jews of the time demanded signs and the Greeks with their great knowledge and wisdom felt the cross was utter folly because of its barbaric.
Yet, we know that whatever human wisdom may think, the truth is that to believe in the message of the cross is to be saved and not to believe is to be in danger of eternal separation from God. The Cross alone is the means by which God makes His Son, Jesus Christ His power and wisdom to all who believe. To believe it to be justified, to be set apart for God’s possession and to have a sure confidence in future glory.
God’s wisdom rules out completely human boasting. We can not rely on ourselves or worldly things for wisdom. No, Paul clearly states for us that the answers for questions found in verse 18-21 are the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ alone. Christ Alone has the answers. We depend on the cross for answers. While some answers will not be revealed until Judgment Day. We know that there is a sure hope that when that day comes, all will be answered, every knee shall bow, and all will know Jesus Christ is Lord.
Heavenly Father, we come to you with many questions on life’s endless dilemmas. At times we turn everywhere, but to you. Help us during those time to turn to the Cross of Christ. Let His sacrifice provide us with the grace to realize that all praise belongs to you alone. Let His work provide us with the knowlede that you alone are the answer to all of our questions. Let Your Holy Spirit work within us so that when the time comes we can bear witness to others that Christ Alone is the answer to all of our life dilemmas. Gracious Father forgive us for looking elsewhere and protect us from the things that distract us from you. Amen