My church designed their entire building with the cross being the most predominate centrepiece. Whenever we need to go back to the basics of our faith, we will find our true love for the One who died for us there. All what we believe is wrapped up in the cross of Christ – the central truth of our faith. The cross is our message, our hope, our confidence, our badge of honour and yet, somehow, the emblem of suffering and shame – for the world despises the cross. We love the cross so we preach it, stand by it and lift it up as the hope of the world. There is no power greater – the only power that can lift men and women out of their sins, release them from condemnation, give them new life and set their feet in a new direction.
When the gospel, or the preaching of the cross, is spoken of as effectual or powerful, it must be understood that it is not connected to simple, abstract propositions, but to truth as it comes attended with the influences which God sends down to accompany it.
God provides to searching, proud, stubborn people who demand miracles and signs with a simple story of a crucified Christ. The story is the only hope offered for deliverance. Anyone can preach the story. That story, believed in, effectively accomplishes what our natural wisdom and our own power cannot do – salvation.
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. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25