Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 1:18 (NLT)
18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
There is power in the cross. It’s undeniable. Even unbelievers seem to squirm when considering its potential.
David Brooks, of the Weekly Standard, reports, “of the conniption being thrown by the American Atheist, the group founded by the late Madelyn Murray O’Hair (may God have mercy upon her soul). It seems that when the World Trade Center collapsed, the force of the fall, or some supernatural force, fused two steel beams into a 20-foot-high cross, which has been kept on the edge of the site. The atheists wanted the cross removed, of course, but in their passion to do that, they are actually revealing their faith in the power of the cross. If it didn’t have power, why get so upset?” As Christians, the cross is the center of everything. It is because of the cross of Christ that we are saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Without the cross we are still lost in sin and doomed to eternity in hell. Dietrich Bonheoffer in his classic book The Cost of Discipleship said, “The cross is laid on every Christian. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death–we give over our lives to death. The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” As we approach the end of the Lenten season and focus on the passion of Christ, let us focus our attention on the cross for it has the power to save us.