March 3, 2018
1 Corinthians 1:22-25 … “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.” vss. 23-34
There are some people who seem content to live in this world without ever thinking about matters of spirituality or mortality. They focus on the material and seem to believe that accumulation is the highest human purpose, with sensual satisfaction running a close second. But others crave more. They want to know God and to be guided by spiritual principles. So they search through human philosophy and check out various religions, always looking for a belief system that resonates with their own soul and spirit. Such seekers can often be put off by the message of Christ crucified that is the heart of the gospel. For some, it doesn’t make sense, while others look for a more positive and triumphant message. But those who pause at the foot of the cross and spend some time with the suffering Jesus make an amazing discovery. Somehow God speaks clearly through the suffering and we glimpse a picture of unconditional self-giving love that gives both power and wisdom in our broken world. Granted, it doesn’t make a lot of sense and it might even sound foolish, but Paul is right, and countless searchers would agree. The suffering servant is both the hope of humanity and the way to enlightenment.
Thought for the Day: What are “seekers” looking for?