E-votional - The Foolishness
February 1, 2002

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

2 Corinthians 1:18 (NRSV)


   The Cubs or the Astros going to the World series. Not likely. The Clippers going to the NBA Finals. Yeah right. The Cowboys returning to the Superbowl any time soon. Foolishness. When things don't make sense, or seem unlikely, yet people attach themselves to it, it is viewed as foolishness. While these may be dreams, the reality of the matter does not seem to materialize. Yet to someone that is not closely related to the clubs or situations may disagree. The Cross. For many it is a sign of death. Reality. To Christians, the empty cross points to the resurrection, to salvation. Truth.

   Hear the Good News, likely or not, the Cross of Jesus offers more than goosebumps, it offer to us new life. In both the death and resurrection, Christ reconciles us to God and creates for us a new life. It offers us freedom.  We become free to know and understand Peace and Joy. Both in a temporal sense and in our heart and soul. This peace and joy is not changed by the temporal events of our life, the freedom transcends the conditioned understanding of happiness and calm, that peace and joy are experienced even in the midst of tribulations. To the one who does not know Christ, to the one who has not experienced the presence, the power and the authority of Christ over our life the cross is foolishness, but to the one who has, well, it is the anchor of life.


   Gracious Father, thank You for this wonderful gift of You Son. I want Him to such an important part of my life, that I give myself up to Him. Allow me to see the Cross, not as foolish, but as the answer. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.