For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Today's Morsel: My great-niece told her mom, "Mom, I don't want to go to La Crosse to visit Grandma." Her mother asked her, "Why?" She said, "Because I might die." Her mom said to her, "Why do you think you will die if you go to La Crosse?" She said, "Well, Jesus went to La Crosse and He died." She had heard in Sunday school about Jesus dying on the cross, and so when she heard that they were going to La Ccrosse, the city where we now live, to visit, she only heard going to "the cross."
Someone said that Jesus defeated the devil with three nails and two sticks. Jesus told Nicodemus, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). In order for the children of Israel to be saved from their sins, they had to look to the serpent which Moses placed on the pole in the midst of the camp if they were bitten by a serpent. Satan, that old serpent, is biting and inflecting many today with sin. Sin is his sting, the sting of death. But if when he inflicts us with it, we would look to Jesus, repent of our sins, and allow Him to cover us with His blood and heal us, we can eradicate that sting and live. Paul said, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." He said to talk about how and why Christ died on a cross to people who are lost is foolish. It doesn't pass the common sense test to them for one to die this way to save others. But God's ways aren't our ways, are they? But then Paul said that unto us which are saved, we understand that if Christ had not die, we could not have His Spirit, which is the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost is power. So until you take up your cross and follow Him, you are powerless!
Sing: Alas, and did my Savior bleed? And did my Sovereign die? Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I?
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith, I received my sight and now I am happy all the day!