Folly vs. Power
1 Cor 1:18-19 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ESV
We are so accustomed to seeing the cross functioning as a decoration that we can scarcely imagine it as an object of shame and scandal. The cross ran counter to all expectations of how God would make Himself known. In the first century the cross spoke of weakness, not power; of defeat not victory; of humiliation not conquest. To speak of a crucified Messiah must have sounded like a contradiction of terms, like frozen steam or hateful love or upward decline – only far more shocking…but God changed all that.
God, in His infinite wisdom, transformed a symbol of shame, humiliation and pain and into a demonstration of His power. As Easter approaches let’s be like Paul who wrote, “As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in all the attractive things of the world was killed long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead. 15 It doesn’t make any difference now whether we have been circumcised or not; what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people. 16 May God’s mercy and peace be upon all of you who live by this principle and upon those everywhere who are really God’s own.” Gal 6:14-16 TLB
The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest and most important celebration of our faith.
1 Cor 15:13 If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ…17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins…20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead!
Easter is the greatest opportunity for us to be witnesses to this historical yet deeply personal fact.
I invite you to join us as we create opportunities to be witnesses in our communities, our neighbourhoods and our city. I encourage you to enlist for service with the purpose of sharing the life-giving story of Jesus through acts of service, words and invitation.
This is how:
-ATTEND the Church of Langley Good Friday services at CLA (March 30 – 9 & 11 AM)
-SERVE at the Good Friday Dinner (March 30 – 5:30PM)
-HELP at one of the Easter egg hunts (March 31 – 11:00 AM)
-INVITE! INVITE! INVITE! Family & friends to celebrate with us on Easter Sunday (April 1 – 10:00 AM)
Jesus’ resurrection is the greatest victory in all of history.
Let’s celebrate this together!