21Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
24But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:21-24 (NLT)
The cross is the central symbol of Christianity. And its really a bit of scandal! We preach that Christ was crucified. We proclaim that God has done something extraordinary for humanity and it involved the most despicable and cursed of objects. It involved the most beloved One, Jesus Christ, coming from the communion of God and passing through a womb and entering the halls of humanity’s history, so we could see for a moment what is our true destiny.
Now we see Christ crucified, God on a cross accomplishing the love and justice of God so we can know and enjoy Him forever.
What wisdom is there in the cross? Wouldn’t faith be better served with a sign from heaven? Wouldn’t faith be better served with a something less weak and scandalous?
“But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”