Life of Jesus Christ
The Foolishness of the Cross
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Apr 5, 2017
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God's wisdom is so far above our human understanding that we consider it foolishness. For centuries, humanity has tried to make sense of this world with philosophies and theories because it could not grasp the Truth of God. Only God's wisdom will lead us on the right path. "For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength" (1 Corinthians 1:25).

God's act of redemption makes no sense to the natural mind.

From our limited human perspective, it seems impossible that God would become a man, die on a cross, rise three days later, then ascend into heaven. It seems even more impossible that our salvation—our only chance to spend eternity in heaven—is rooted in our belief in Jesus Christ who died on that cross for our sins. Humanly speaking, how could the death of one man so long ago determine the destiny of every human being ever created? God's act of redemption makes no sense to the natural mind. Human wisdom cannot comprehend the cross.

Human wisdom may show us the problems of life, but it fails to give us the solutions. The root of all our problems is sin, which humanity refuses to acknowledge. The unrepentant heart justifies and explains away sinful behavior.

People consider the cross foolishness because admitting their sinfulness and their need for Christ's redemption means they must also surrender to God. They must give up their own wisdom and glory for God's. And most people are unwilling to admit God's ways are better than theirs.

Prayer: God, thank You for the cross. I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of redemption. Thank You for dying for me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength" (1 Corinthians 1:25).