God's Power in Unexpected Places
God's power to reconcile and forgive shows up in the least likely place on earth—the cross of Jesus.
Good Friday and Easter lie at the very heart and center of the Christian message. But there seems to be a lot of confusion in our culture about these events. For instance, I was talking to a lady yesterday who teaches in one of the schools here in Toronto. She said earlier in the week they announced that they would have Easter weekend off. The person making the announcement said, "This is when Christians celebrate the crucification of Christ and his resuscitation." Well I don't know if the word crucification is in the dictionary, but Easter certainly isn't about Christ's resuscitation.
We're talking about dealing with a Christ who conquered death and how and why. I am going to read to you from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. This is what Paul says,
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. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
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Charles Price is the Senior Pastor of The Peoples Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the founder of Living Truth, an international teaching and preaching ministry.