1 Corinthians 1:18-25

                For the message about the cross is foolishness 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, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

 

From Rev. Judy Bennett

Bridgeport, OH

If memory serves me correctly, I was about 10 years old the year that the days leading up to Easter Sunday began to take on significance for me. Looking back I can imagine that the minister and one of the creative members of my home church had combined their inspirations to create a series of messages and worship displays that I can still picture vividly over sixty years later. A few weeks before Easter – behind a thick layer of transparent mesh – a huge cross appeared front and center in the sanctuary. Each Sunday following, the transparency would become clearer with additional symbols being added until Easter Sunday when the mesh was gone and the cross was beautifully adorned and surrounded with fragrant flowers of spring. The messages that accompanied the changing scene were all centered on the cross and what it meant to our lives.

Often along the way on our spiritual journey, we lose our focus as we struggle to navigate our faith and our relationships with each other. Out of focus, we lose the clarity of vision and wisdom necessary to proclaim the message of the cross which is the power of God. Today and in the days ahead as we move ever closer to the cross, may our faith be rekindled and strengthened so that we who are being saved may draw on the everlasting power of God that belongs to each of us.

 

God of grace and mercy, as we move ever closer to the cross of Calvary, bless us with eyes that see clearly,

and help us to boldly claim the power of the cross

that is ours for the claiming.   Amen.

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