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1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Foolishness & Power

Key Verse

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
— 1 Cor 1:18

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 10, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Cross on Mountaintop

The symbol of the cross is perhaps one of the most wholly misunderstood symbols in the world. The difficulty lies in its adoption as a symbol of the Christian religion. What once was a radical re-appropration of a symbol of death, torture and destruction has been softened. The ‘gator lost its teeth, because we no longer see a the symbol what it really stands for.

However, when you place the cross in its original context, it becomes incredibly powerful and totally appropriate to symbolize our faith in Jesus from Nazareth. Additionally, today’s daily RCL reading from 1 Corinthians makes sense—the cross is foolishness for those who see it as a symbol of death. I mean . . . why would any religion choose an emblem of failure for its faith?!

The power of the cross comes in God’s refusal to allow use to fall into darkness. Jesus hangs on the cross not only to “die for our sins”, but fill all things up—even death—so that we might have God’s eternal life.

Is the cross foolishness or power? What do you think?

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