Power and Wisdom
Holy Cross Day
Foolishness and Salvation
The Romans used the cross as a humiliating form of execution reserved for the worst criminals—insurrectionists.
Jews regarded the cross as a shameful punishment and even a curse from God (see Deut 21:23).
Paul believed that people were made right with God when they entered into a relationship with Jesus, he also viewed God’s work of making people more like Him as an ongoing process.
The Power of God
Jesus’ death on the cross reveals God’s power to save people from sin and death, and thus His power to redeem seemingly irredeemable situations (like the problems at Corinth).
an invitation or an official summons by God to enter into a personal relationship with Him. A call is not based on human wisdom or status but on the grace of God