"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." Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles." I Corinthians 1:18-23
A year ago, I took my wife on a journey to my elementary school. I walked her around my old kindergarten playground. It was a trip! Things seem a lot smaller now. I showed her where we used to play dodge ball and the tree that I always climbed as a boy. As we roamed the campus, my mind was filled with vivid memories of my mischievous days. We thought that we had perfected the art of name-calling. You know how it goes; a bully calls another kid a bad name, and the victim’s only response is the scripted; “I know you are, but what am I?” This was the anthem of elementary school when I was a child. Like a broken record, this phrase is destined to be repeated for centuries to come.
Towards the end of the first chapter of Paul’s initial letter to the church of Corinth, he states that God makes foolish the wisdom of the World. Even the brightest genius has become a simpleton--insipid. So how do the wise men, scholars and philosophers of this age respond to being fools in God’s eyes? They say, “I know you are but what am I?” That’s right, the real fools can only respond by calling God, His message and messengers the same thing--foolish.
So next time someone calls you a fool, you might as well agree with them. Because according to this passage, the world will see our message as nothing but nonsense.
“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (Vs. 21).
According to this lost world, we have a foolish message. In the original language of this passage, “Foolishness” literally means “silliness or an absurdity”. This is not saying that all preaching is foolishness, but that the simple message being preached (Christ Crucified), is viewed by the world as foolish.
This message is a stumbling block to the Jews. Let’s face it; Jesus was a real disappointment to many of them. The Jews expected a triumphant political Messiah that would have the government on his shoulders--Not a suffering servant that had the government place a cross on His shoulders.
As for the Gentiles; the Greeks and Romans were sure that no reputable person would ever be crucified. It was unthinkable that a crucified criminal could be the Savior.
Today this message is considered even more foolish than ever. The name “Jesus” is censored on radio and television more than any other. “Believe what you want”, they say. But when you say, “Christ is the only way,” they have a serious problem. You are now a fool with a foolish message.
Realize that you will be rejected and mistreated for what you believe. The world will not understand what you stand for. But stand strong! God can soften the heart of even the biggest bully. Do your best to relate the good news of Jesus Christ to this lost world in love.
“I know very well how foolish it sounds to those who are lost, when they hear that Jesus died to save them. But we who are saved recognize this message as the very power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18 LIV).
Lord Jesus, help me to not take it to heart when I am considered a fool for Your sake. Help me to realize that this persecution was promised in Your Word--It is the mark of a believer. Help me to understand how that lost see You, so that I can properly reason with them and share Your love in a new and refreshing way. Use me to reach the lost with the simple message of Christ crucified. I love You Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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|Favoritism||Romans 2:11 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Action Talks||Romans 2:13 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Tattooed Heart||Romans 2:15b (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|Missing the Target||Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)||Mark Mohr|
|A New Identity||I Corinthians 1:2||Mark Mohr|
|Unmerited Favor||I Corinthians 1:4||Mark Mohr|
|'Til The End||I Corinthians 1:8-9||Mark Mohr|
|Perfectly United||I Corinthians 1:10-13a||Mark Mohr|
|Gambling for Garments||I Corinthians 1:12-17LIV||Mark Mohr|
|The First Missionary||I Corinthians 1:27-29||Mark Mohr|
|THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD||I Corinthians 1:19-20||Mark Mohr|
|The Unusual Suspects||I Corinthians 1:26-28||Mark Mohr|
|A Broken Vessel||Heb 11:34||Mark Mohr|
|Achilles Heel||James 3:2a||Mark Mohr|
|Refurbished Heart||I John 1:7-9||Mark Mohr|
|Unworthy Applicant||Psalm 51:1-2||Mark Mohr|
|Foolish Thinking||I Corinthians 1:18-23||Mark Mohr|
|Boastful Thinking||I Corinthians 1:29||Mark Mohr|
|The Runt of the Litter||I Corinthians 1:26-28||Mark Mohr|
|Keep it Simple||I Corinthians 2:1-5||Mark Mohr|
|Parlez Vous Christianese?||I Corinthians 2:2||Mark Mohr|
|No Eye Has Seen||I Corinthians 2:9||Mark Mohr|
|A Word from the Lord||I Corinthians 2:16||Mark Mohr|
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|To The Foundation||I Corinthians 3:10-11||Mark Mohr|
|All-Seeing Eyes||I Corinthians 4:5||Mark Mohr|