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Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25


Wednesday

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

18 For the message about Christ’s death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God’s power. 19The scripture says:
      “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and
      set aside the understanding of the scholars.”
20So then, where does that leave the wise? or the scholars? or the skilful debaters of this world? God has shown that this world’s wisdom is foolishness!
21 For God in his wisdom made it impossible for people to know him by means of their own wisdom. Instead, by means of the so-called “foolish” message we preach, God decided to save those who believe. 22Jews want miracles for proof, and Greeks look for wisdom. 23As for us, we proclaim the crucified Christ, a message that is offensive to the Jews and nonsense to the Gentiles; 24but for those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, this message is Christ, who is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For what seems to be God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Think

Psalm 19 reminds us how we see God in nature and all created things.  Exodus 20 reminds us how the law gives wisdom to set us free.  This message from Corinthians describes the seemingly foolish - yet overwhelmingly powerful way in which Christ sets us free through death on the cross.

Pray

Lord, I do not fully understand the message and wisdom of the cross.  But the gift is not in understanding, it is in receiving - your weakness is stronger than human strength.  Your crucifixion sets me free.

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