Summary: So what is this message, what is the wisdom of God that transcends mans wisdom, this is the foolishness that is preached, so that God is pleased through the foolishness of what is preached to save those who believe
What would you have done?
Allow your mind to open for a moment, drift with me and consider
If you were God, think of it if you had the power to create all things as he has and the power to know all things as he does and no one could tell you what to do…
In your wisdom oh mighty one what would your solution to the human race, sin, evil and the fall of creation be?
Would you snap your fingers and send Adam back to the dust, after all who would know, apart from the angels and one word from you and they could be silenced
Would you come in your almighty power and fire, a Holy shock and awe to force your will upon them until they (US) did good?
Would you do a superman and spin the world in the opposite direction until time itself was reversed and smite that serpent right were it hurt and smote that apple tree to a flaming bush?
Then consider again
God cannot lie, God is pure Love, God could not send Adam back to the dust and start again, his love would not allow it, he had to find another way a way of pain and hurt to himself, a way some would call foolishness a way that others find a mystery a way that others cling to and knowing with every fibre of their self it is the only way
So would you let it all of creation and genesis proceed knowing that the cross was the only solution
So would you step down from heaven to earth the price to pay?
A cross a wooden cross!
So were is the almighty in the cross, So were is the power to save, Is a man hanging, bleeding and suffocating to death really the best the creator of all things could come up with?
I mean come on look at man, what he has done sequenced the human genome, found the big bang, conceived evolution, reached the moon, flies around the world and on the list goes and on
Surely man could have done something grander, with more impact, a story, a film, hey even a trilogy directed by Peter Jackson – more than just a man on a cross and all that blood, torture, hatred its all so not PC is it
Imagine what the disciples and other followers of Jesus must have felt on the day thousands of years ago
As they fled or watched in shock and horror, what foolishness, no this is more madness, were is the victory, what does this mean?
But wait remember the text “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.“
So what is this message, what is the wisdom of God that transcends mans wisdom, this is the foolishness that is preached, so that God is pleased through the foolishness of what is preached to save those who believe
Stand rapt in awe
Consider a great scientist and thinker Albert Einstein, developed the theory of relativity and many others, he was quoted as saying the following “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed”
I agree, there is nothing more mysterious and beautiful than God, pausing in wonder and rapt in awe is worship of the purest form
Lets seek today and open our eyes to the God of Wonder, the God of Mystery and the God who’s foolishness eclipses the greatest of human wisdom
I think one of the biggest problems with church and Christians today is we have lost our sense of awe, our sense of sheer overwhelming wonderment, we are guilty of reducing God to the sum of our component parts, squeezing him into our comfort zones, to fit our order of services, to turn up when it best suits us, to be safe and controlled, we have it wrong
God is not safe, understand that, fear him we are talking of the force that brought all things into being for his pleasure, for his purpose, for his Glory and not ours, his, we are not even dust in comparison to God, give him thanks and praise that he loves us, for without that love we would not be
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him