Spend a moment or two reflecting on the cross.
What happened when Jesus died on the cross was complicated. For some, it makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, why would God choose to die for us? Why did Jesus dying at one point in history change everything for ever more? What on earth was going on?
In this first chapter of his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul writes that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. Those who don’t know Jesus simply don’t understand it.
Scholars sometimes argue for many days, weeks, months and years about exactly what happened on the cross. But the main thing for us to know is that through dying a death we have deserved, Jesus took the punishment for the things we have done on himself. He died (the punishment for the things we have done against God is death) for us, so that we can be free.
And yes, it is only in the Kingdom of God that that kind of transaction can make any sense at all. Through weakness and death, God defeated death for ever more. And God goes on using weakness. People who follow him aren’t always the smartest and the best and the brightest of the bunch. God takes us and uses us as we are, in all our weakness. This means that we can’t boast in what we’ve done for ourselves, but only in what God has done in and through us.
Lord God, we thank you for all that happened on the cross. We thank you that because of what you did for us, we can be free. Help us to live in your strength today. Amen.
How can you boast about what God has done in you today?