The Scandal of the Cross

Date: Saturday, January 26

Scripture1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Verse: 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. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

All week we have been reflecting on a story we have trouble explaining. The story of God who does not send pain to punish us, or bring us adversity to test us, but rather suffers with us through it all. We have been reading about our God who is not above the pain we face, but is present with us even in our struggles. The story of our God who does not see us as unfaithful when we weep, but who puts his arm around us and weeps with us.

When we encounter pain, suffering, and trial in our lives we can choose to turn from our God, convinced these things wouldn’t happen if God were God. Or we can turn toward our God who knows our pain, and seeks to comfort us through it. 

It must have sounded ridiculous to the first skeptics when they heard these new Christians talking about their Savior who died a criminal’s death. Yet the early church proclaimed “Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” (vs 23), We too proclaim it, not as weakness or foolishness, but as “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (vs 24). We may not be able to explain evil, or rid the world of evil, but we have been shown how to deal with it. To go, as Jesus did, directly toward it, trust God to care for us through it all. 

Prayer: How I long for answers, O God. Remind me again of the power of what you have done on the cross for me and the rest of humanity. Amen. 

Action: Look at a picture, necklace, or wall hanging of a cross, and spend some time reflecting on the power of what Jesus did there for you. 

Respond: Share your story of what the cross means to you by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, go to the website for this devotion to do so.



About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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