Appearances Deceive

Chic Broersma

READ : 1 Corinthians 1:24-31

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in

the world to shame the strong. (v. 27)

What is weaker or more foolish than a dead man on a cross? Yet the death of Jesus is
world-shaking power and ultimate wisdom. By the power of the cross, “the prince of this
world is cast out” and peoples from all nations are drawn in faith to Jesus.

We have power to build and to destroy. We can fly into outer space. We can conquer
many diseases. We make advancements in science, medicine, and art. We kill with the push
of a button. We can destroy economies with our greed. And we advance in our ability to
tear down just as we do in our ability to build up. But where is the power to clear the
guilty conscience, the cleansing power enabling us to appear before our Judge without
fear? Only the gospel has the spiritual might to renew our minds and redeem our behavior.
Only of Jesus do millions confess: “On the third day he rose again from the dead.” Here’s
the “stop the presses” good news for all people. The Bible promises, “If the Spirit of him
who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead
will also give life to your mortal bodies . . .” (Rom. 8:11).

The cross that appears silly, weak, and despised “brings to nothing” the proud of this world. Mighty civilizations crumble and fall while “the poor in spirit see God.” Do Paul’s words reflect your values? Will you live by them today?


O Redeemer, thank you for being my wisdom and strength.