For the word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved, it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
A devotional I read recently by Anthony DeStefano had this to say about the Cross:
“Have you ever really looked at a Cross? That great, central symbol of Christianity actually contains all the truth anyone could ever hope for.
It contains the truth that there is a God and that He is not just some abstraction but a personal, caring, Creator and Father. It contains the truth that He is a Father who loves us so much that He became one of us and even suffered death for us. It contains the truth that the key to life is love; the key to love is self-sacrifice; and the key to self-sacrifice is the surrender of our own will in order to do the will of the Father.
It contains the truth about the mystery of evil in the world. There is so much evil around us — criminal evil, political evil, economic evil, social evil. But the greatest evil ever committed took place right there on the Cross — the evil of the crucifixion.
This was, without question, the single most appalling act of ingratitude, deception, betrayal, depravity, obscenity, and malevolence of all time. God — the Creator of everything and everyone — was actually killed by His own creatures.”
It really is amazing that through the most appalling act of ingratitude and betrayal of all time, God, through his son, Jesus Christ, demonstrated the most incredible act of love of all time. God continues to bring forth reconciliation and compassion from even the most inhumane acts we witness today. I continue to look forward with hope and wonder to see what God will do next.
Prayer for Today: Creator God, from darkness, you bring forth light. From floods, you bring forth rainbows. From hatred and sadness you bring forth love and reconciliation. We give you thanks and praise and ask if we can be part of your creative plan. Amen.
Offered by Carol Madere
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