Lifelines December 02, 2018

A worldly perspective dulls a person’s senses to Jesus Christ.  He entered the human race on a search and rescue mission that exceeds comprehension.  Our thinking is restricted by experience.  We have never seen untainted goodness.  Love we experience always has its limitations, and then there is His.  The boundaries disappear when we consider the sacrifice that Father and Son made.  The world sees foolishness in that old, rugged cross.  It is anything but.

The message falls on deaf ears.  Christ died for our sins.  It is nonsense to those who reside in the darkness, or it more appropriate to say that the darkness resides within them.  The word of the Lord bounces off the dull hearts that have been hardened through sin’s deception.  Satan has an easy time taking it away.  Indeed, a crucified Savior?  That is foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18).

The wisdom of God was embodied in the person of Jesus.  He challenged conventional religious thinking.  The Jews were offended by the notion (1 Corinthians 1:23) but could not change the fact.  Christ is both the power and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).  Divine reality is not limited by human reasoning.

The drum beat to do away with Jesus began early in His public ministry and reached its crescendo at the cross.  He immediately ran into conflict with the religious leaders of His day.  He violated the Sabbath rules.  He lunched with the wayward.  He touched the untouchables.  He forgave the wicked.  He confronted the bigwigs and loved the lowly.  Wisdom?  It sure did not look that way, least of all as He hung on that cross.  This is God’s power?

It was indeed; witnessed by the women and the disciples who ventured out to a vacated tomb that Sunday morning.  Greeted by a moved stone, a missing body and supernatural messengers; they all experienced first hand the infinite power of God.  He had conquered the death dilemma.  Hopelessness became an obsolete word to followers of the Messiah.

It was the essence of Paul’s message, “I determine to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).”  He is the focal point.  He is our only hope of dealing with sin which is at the root of all other problems.  Society searches for answers to the rampant violence that haunts some of our cities.  Immorality rots the culture from within.  The evidence is clear.  Our nation has but one problem: sin, and only Jesus Christ can fix it.

A worldly perspective diminishes the damage that sin does.  The digression is gradual.  What was once thought to be evil becomes acceptable and even desirable.  The wisdom of the Lord tells us different.  Sin is still sin, and that flies in the face of modern morality and the “judge not” tolerance of our day.  Sin still kills, and Jesus still gives life.  Take your pick.