Soon believers will commemorate the closing hours of Jesus’ earthly life: His arrest, His trial, His beatings, His humiliation and passion on the cross.
On Good Friday, as the cross casts its shadow across the world, the sounds of Christ’s cries of anguish echo from eternity into the world. For those of us who stand in that shadow, we will face the truth: The man dying on the tree will have to be dealt with. Some people will see Jesus Christ, God’s Savior, bleeding and dying to save them from their sin. But many will think Jesus was a foolish dreamer whose crucifixion was inevitable. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.”
The cross divides the foolish from the wise. The foolish live in the sin of unbelief and see the cross as a shameful act of a diabolical God. They are blind to their sin or need for a Savior. They have no knowledge, experience or understanding of God in Christ. The wise live a life of faith and receive from Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit knowledge, experience and understanding of God. Through Christ they are able to clearly see their corrupt nature and need for salvation.
The foolish man builds upon the sinking sand of sin. The wise man builds his house upon the rock of Christ the Lord.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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