REACTIONS TO THE CROSS

Luke 12:51-53

Who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:8

Have you ever noticed how people in general like to discuss issues from an “open-minded” perspective? Some even pride themselves in their ability to consider many viewpoints without being judgmental. But somehow, should the topic of conversation turn to Jesus Christ or His death on the Cross, tempers flare and lines are drawn. Suddenly, some “open-minded” people become angry and closed. The mere mention of His name can call up responses such as, “Don’t try to push your religion on me.”

Such reactions are not new. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 1:18-20 (NASB):

“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

Jesus Himself warned in Luke 12:51-52 (NASB):

“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather DIVISION; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three.”

Don’t be surprised by negative reactions to the Cross. Only those who cling to it for salvation can see the wisdom of God expressed through Christ.

Lord, help me to share Your Word regardless of negative reactions of others. Help me to guide others to see Your wisdom expressed through Christ.

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