“For 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.” –1 Corinthians 1:18
The message of the cross – the Gospel. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered to the point of death on a cross, paying the price for our sins. He rose from the dead, ascended on high and offers us eternal life and fellowship with Him by His finished work.
This message is everything to us. When we hear it in church for the millionth time it still grips our souls and speaks more than words to us. When we sing a new song that proclaims this message that has been proclaimed for thousands of years it still sounds like a new song. No other message in the world bears such a sustaining freshness.
The Gospel never gets old because God’s power never diminishes. This power motivates us and convicts us into a deeper walk with the Lord. By this power we overcome the world. In fact, every spiritual victory we have in this life is rooted in Christ’s victory on the cross.
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”-Colossians 2:13-15
My challenge to you, and to myself is this: Bathe in the Gospel.
Thank God every day for salvation through Jesus Christ. Meditate on the message of the cross. Listen to and sing songs that proclaim the truth of the Gospel. Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). Don’t complicate your faith and lose the potency of simple truth. Let your growth and depth as a believer begin with “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”.
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”-1 Corinthians 2:1-5