3/14/2012

(1 Corinthians 1:22-24 NIV) 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.

What does it mean to “preach Christ crucified?”  It means that because of the faith that the Holy Spirit has put in our hearts we have the awesome privilege to proclaim the message of what Jesus has done for us!  We get to tell people that Jesus came to this sinful world, lived the perfect life that we could not live, suffered and died on the cross in our place, and three days later rose from the grave guaranteeing that one day we too will rise from the grave!  Proclaiming the message of Christ crucified means proclaiming the message that Jesus has done everything for you and me to go to heaven.  The message of Christ crucified is the greatest message this world has ever heard!

Yet, many in the world today think that the message of Christ crucified is foolishness.  They think it is foolishness that God would die for his people.  They think that it is foolish talk to say that one man’s death could save the entire world.  They think it is foolish to say that everything has already been done for them to get to heaven and that they do not have to “earn” their way to heaven.  The message of what Jesus has done for the world to is foolishness to unbelievers because it does not make sense to their human wisdom.

But to those who believe, to those whom God has called, the message of Christ crucified is the power of God!  The message of what Jesus has done for us on the cross is the power of God because it brings to us comfort when we are sad, peace when our hearts are troubled, joy when we are depressed, and hope when we know our days here on this earth are coming to an end.  You and I proclaim Christ crucified because it is what Jesus has done for us that gives to us eternal life!  That message truly is the power of God!

Preaching Christ crucified just like you,

Pastor Schumann

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