Tuesday ‘Thought’ from Rev Iain McAleavey
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18
At times of great difficulty it looks like the whole world is looking for answers. The news pundits are hyping everyone up and it feels like we know less than we did when we started watching, and we are faced with fear and questioning. There are no answers there.
Christians have an opportunity to speak prophetically into this fear and questioning. Everything around us has had to change and yet there is something within us that is unchanging. The power of God.
We have a story which makes sense of a world that feels like a mess. The message we have is that Jesus came to earth, ministered amongst humanity, was beaten and was crucified.
The world is full of people to whom the cross of Christ is foolishness, the love of God towards them is meaningless and empty. Paul says they are those who are perishing. How often do we consider the realities of those who do not know Jesus and his grace. That they will not taste of the new life that is promised in Jesus, that they will be eternally separated from the love of Christ and know what it is to truly suffer.
The cross makes sense to us because we have been confronted with our need of a saviour and we know that God loves us so much that he sent his son to die for us. We know that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and that in spite of our sinfulness, we have an advocate, one who sits and pleads for us to the father, Jesus Christ.
Having tasted the power of God, we get to enjoy the benefits of that! We have the knowledge that he is sovereign, that he is Lord over all things and that he has promised to be with us in all we do. So we do not fear anything, instead we rely on him and we allow his power to see us through. Come what may, he is still enthroned on high. His blood can not be washed away, it has left on us a mark and a sign that cannot be rubbed out. Permanent.
Some people might come speaking words of ‘wisdom’, they might try to provide answers, but at the end of the day there is one thing that actually matters, there is one thing that provides answers. As we look towards Good Friday the cross of Jesus Christ is our promise of power, that sin and death have been conquered, that this life is less than the reality of what God has in store in his new creation and that is what we hope in. When the world is crying our for answers, what are we to give them? The same thing Paul gave the Corinthians the proclamation of Christ and him crucified. Amen.
Rev Iain McAleavey
Soli Deo Gloria.