“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18, NLT).”
The society in Corinth valued strength, beauty, and clever (complex) arguments. Right from the beginning of this letter to church there, Paul writes “Those who belong to Christ are counter-cultural. We value the cross with it’s weakness, ugliness, and simplicity. We value the cross because that is our only claim to God’s favor.”
Preaching about/talking about about the cross is the very power of God. Not a message about God, but the very power of God. Proclaim the cross; release the power.
So here’s the question: if the story of Jesus’ humiliation is the core of our belief, why do hide (or deny) every evidence of our own humiliation? Death was the preamble to God’s new life for Jesus, but for us, death is taboo.
I know I’m stretching a bit past 1 Corinthians 1, but in 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul asserts, God “said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. ”
It is not all bad to brag about our strengths and successes. But God makes miracles when we admit “we failed, we were weak, we didn’t look too good, we hurt, we cried.”
PRAYER: O God of the cross and resurrection, give me the courage to admit my weakness, that the world might see your power.”