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Summary: The Cross is Foolishness Because it says You are a Sinner Worthy of God’s Wrath. The Cross is Foolishness Because it says Your Righteousness is Not Worthy of God’s Reward. The Cross is Foolishness Because it says that God’s Standard is Perfection

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Good Friday 2014

“The Cross is Foolishness”

1 Corinthians 1:18

Tonight, we are going to study an important passage regarding how the world typically views the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

From the perspective of the Christian, this is the most important event in human history because we believe it secured our eternal salvation and brought peace between God and us.

But from the world’s perspective, this whole notion is foolishness.

Tonight, we are going to ask the question “Why?” ... “Why does the world think the cross is foolishness?” ... “Why is the cross such a repugnant thing... such a ridiculous thing... such a stupid thing?...”

READ: 1 Corinthians 1:18

Among the earliest pictures which relates to Christian worship in history is an inscription carved in plaster known as the Alexa-menos Graffito.

It depicts a man worshipping at the foot of the cross.

On the cross is a figure with the body of a man, but with the head of a donkey.

Below this is a description, “Alexemenos Worships His God”.

It is believed by many that this ancient piece of art was intended to denounce Christian faith by depicting the one on the cross - Christ - as a foolish beast rather than a Savior worthy of worship.

The implication is evident: To worship Christ is to celebrate stupidity.

Beloved, we are almost 2,000 years later and the mocking from the world has not subsided.

There is still very much an attitude which says, “To worship Christ is to celebrate stupidity.”

Our passage tonight tells us that this should not surprise us.

It tells us that the “...word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing...”

The word, “folly” is the Greek word “Moria” which is where we get the english word “moron”.

To the world, the cross is moronic; it is utter foolishness.

Why is the cross foolishness to those who are perishing?

Tonight, I want us to consider three reasons why the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing...

The Cross is Foolishness Because it says You are a Sinner Worthy of God’s Wrath.

The idea of God’s wrath or of God having wrath has truly fallen out of vogue with most modern people.

The God of wrath has been replaced in the minds of many with the God who is absolutely free from any exercise of punishing judgment.

Illustration: “The Idol Called ‘My god’” There has risen in the world a new type of idolatry. I call it the “My god” idol. People say, “My God would not send someone to hell” or “My god would not punish wickedness” or “My god would not demonstrate any type of wrath”.

By using the phrase “My god” these people are making a distinction which they probably do not even realize.

Their god is actually a figment of their imagination; they have created him in their own minds to fit their own desires for what they want their god to be.

People do not want to believe in a God capable of wrath, so they create a god in their minds who lacks this capacity - it is “Idolatry 101”


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