The Word of the Cross

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Cor1:18

Jesus’ resurrection is the triumphant, victorious power of love.  On the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.  Although the Pharisees doctrine was wrong and they chose not to believe the truth, their fierce, unrelenting demand to crucify our Savior, suggests they had a sense that Jesus’ presence and death was monumental to humanity’s relationship to God.  Little did they know it was the “…blood of the new covenant, poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (MT 26:28). Jesus was crucified, died on the cross for our sins, arose from the tomb and went into heaven with our humanity. This is the hope of our future and it is monumental indeed, because if we are faithful to the end, trusting God in all things, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.

Even though “…the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Cor1:18). It is His greatness, glory and victory that saves to the uttermost. It is love, packed with life changing, active, power working so that Jesus is noticeable in us. Resurrection Sunday produces a resurgence to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to know the power of His resurrection and to attain resurrection from the dead. Easter primes our thirst to please God by knowing and understanding Him, so that we may live in His image, “exercising loving kindness, judgment and righteousness, in the earth”. Our desire to decrease and for Him to increase in us is reinforced. 

 Each Easter the power of this triumphant, victorious love that conquers sin and death re-ignites our hearts with His word, warms our spirits with the joy of the Lord, which is our strength, and lights our souls with peace that surpasses all understanding. We are blessed and reassured that as our Lord Jesus Christ prayed (John 17:24), we will be with Him and see His glory. May Christ arise in our hearts with each waking moment.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Von Crigler

 

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