Going Deeper 03.04.2021

The second reading for Lent 3... 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.

There is much about Christian theology that does not make a lot of sense to a lot of people.  Perhaps at the top of the list is this "God's Son died on a cross" belief.  The whole thing strikes many people as being utter non-sense.  Perhaps that is because it is... at least according to our understanding of things.

Our perspective is based on power and winning.  And if God is God, then He ought to be the most powerful and undefeated hero of all time.    Indeed, "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."   Believers, enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God, are led to understand that this all seems odd because in the Kingdom of God, everything is upside down... which means that our Abba Father's willingness to send His beloved Son on such a mission, and the Son's willingness to lay down His life is such a way, points to the most powerful thing in all of creation: LOVE!

The story of the cross is the story of love.  This love is so profound that it is willing to become seemingly powerless, when in truth it is the pinnacle of the power of love.  And now, to build upon that foolishness, followers of Jesus are called to willingly lay down our lives as we pursue serving over being served, generosity over luxury, sacrificial love over power and popularity.

In this end, this all makes perfect sense.

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"