What Christ Did For Us


“It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense." - 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

The first letter to the people of Corinth is about healing division. Paul is observing the Corinthian church returning to ridiculous religious debates and creating division across lines that, thanks to Christ, need not exist any longer. Paul wastes no time in outlining the issues at hand, and using the cross and Christ crucified, portrays them as what they are, power struggles.

Here we are seeing Paul illustrate two camps. What are the Jews seeking? What are the Greeks seeking? And, what, instead, is being preached?

Have you ever found yourself wanting God to "make sense" or to "be tangible" for you in some way? If so, Paul has some good news for you: God is very often about a “third way” or a “better way.” Simply, Christ crucified is a response, a rebuke, and a better option to Jewish and Greek desires all rolled into one. At their core, what are the Jewish and Greek issues here?

Faithlessness…pride? Think about that for a bit. Pray about the sacrifice of Jesus and how it applies to these two desires. It seems like all of our issues arise from one central question: “Can I fully rely on Jesus?” Am I able to rely on His death – is it believable to me? And am I able to rely on His resurrection – is it enough for me?

Asking yourself these questions is very healthy. Pondering them does your soul good! And remember, God loves that you faithfully consider what He did for you.

Lord God show us mercy. Forgive us our bickering and divisiveness. Save us from ourselves. Forgive us our sins against You and neighbor and lead us to life that lasts. Amen.
Oct 24 2018