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The Consequence of the Cross

17For Christ did not send me to baptise but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (ESV)

The idea that our creator loves us and demonstrates that love sounds amazing – but what does it mean now?

It means we get to choose. What will you do with Jesus? Will you look at the demonstration of his love and goodness towards you and choose him? Or will you reject it; reject him?

Because choosing him means accepting your inability to fix yourself. The message of the cross is that you are more depraved and sinful than you ever feared, but - in Jesus – you are more loved and accepted than you ever dreamed possible. And having accepted that, you must allow the cross the redefine your relationship to the world.

Choosing Christ means accepting that everything you ever thought you knew is wrong. Not the minor facts, but your most fundamental view of the universe. You thought your life was about you, but now it is about God. You thought freedom was being able to do exactly what you wanted to do – but now you find freedom is being able to serve the one you love. You thought the world was ruled by karma or by chance – but now you find the defining principle is grace; God’s unmerited favour towards you.