Sin, the Cross, Jesus

“But we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the 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” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).

Why would the cross of Jesus Christ be a stumbling block or foolishness? Why would anyone reject the amazing gift of eternal life God offers through his Son Jesus Christ? Why would anyone ever say no to Jesus?

Paul Washer says, “The cross is unpopular because it tells us we are wrong.”

I think he’s on to something. The reason why our culture rejects the cross, and the reason why some in the church reject the message of the cross is because it tells us we are sinners in need of a Savior. People say the cross is so negative. Focus on the good. People are good. Help them to find the good that is in them.

That is the furthest thing from what the scriptures tell us.

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
  • “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)

If you ask the normal Jane and John Doe on the street, everyone claims that they are good people. They may not be perfect but they are good people. Have ever noticed that in our world, apparently, everyone goes to heaven. It doesn’t matter what kind of life they lead. When they die people say, “Joe’s up in heaven now watching over us.” That’s why our world says people are in heaven watching over us when they die. I have never heard anyone say that someone might not be in heaven. This belief and assertion has nothing to do with whether someone believes in Jesus or not. Apparently, everyone goes to heaven and gets their wings when they die.

That is not what the Bible tells us. The Bible is crystal clear:

  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
  • “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
  • “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

What our world refuses to hear is that we are sinners in need of a Savior. And yet that confession and admission is the entry point to the greatest grace offered to human kind. For those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is “the power and the wisdom of God.”

Believe in the good news. God is Savior and Lord. Jesus died for sinners and rose again from the dead that all who believe in him might have life eternal. 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whosoever should believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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