1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For the past nine days, we have been walking through the streets of Chicago carrying a cross. We have been the brunt of many jokes and have had several rather caustic remarks made about the fools who have been dragging a cross through the streets.
Not all have had that response. Several have stopped, got out of their vehicles, come over to us and told us they were convicted of their need to live more for Christ than they had been. It was seeing the cross that brought those thoughts to the surface. Yesterday on our way to Uptown Baptist Church a forty-seven-year-old woman, dressed in professional designer clothes asked us if she could carry the cross.
Hannah and I put the cross on her shoulders and she began to carry the cross down the street. As she was carrying the cross she just prayed over and over, “Thank you for the Cross, Jesus, Thank you for the Cross.” She carried it for about one block. At the end of the block, I helped her to put the cross down and she looked at us and said that was one of the most spiritual experiences she had had in a long time. She thanked us and then I asked her to pray for us as we continued our way through the city.
As we made our way toward Uptown we passed by a college preparatory high school. It was one of the largest and most elite schools in the city. As we stood outside this high school during their lunch hour we had several hundred students pass by the cross. We sought to engage the students with the gospel but soon discovered they had no interest in the message we had come to bring. Most looked at us like we were a couple of fools doing something ridiculous. There were a few who took our tracts but no kind words were offered only looks of disdain mostly.
Why does the cross cause such reaction? Paul said it best, “the preaching of the cross of foolishness to those who are lost but it is the power of God to those who are being saved.”
Which response do you most often give when you think about the cross?
Rejoicing in the Cross of our Lord,