“Some may call me foolish, some may call me odd
But I’d rather be a fool in the eyes of man than a fool in the eyes of God!”
1 Corinthians 1:21-25
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
A man walks down the road and sees another man preaching the word of God. He calls that man a fool and the man preaching smiles. He was called a fool and takes it as a compliment. The man who called the other man a fool, looks at him. He stops and asks.
“I just called you a fool and you smile. Why?”
“You call me a fool and yet you are the fool for you speak to me and understand what I am saying. You call me a fool and yet through that foolishness, men have come to know the King of Fools. The one who died and rose again. He did so that when the time comes, you will become the same fool that you just called me.”
The man stood in dumb believe. He looked at the ground and then back up.
“How can I know this King of Fools that you speak of?”
The fool smiled and sat with the foolish man and in time..they both became fools. Fools for the same man who died for both of them.
When Jesus was dying on the cross, the Jews mocked Him and asked for signs. They asked that if He was the Saviour, that He save himself and them. They begged to be shown proof the He was who He was. They need to be shown that and yet He had said it over and over again. Thomas was one that had to have proof.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called [a]Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Thomas had to have proof. He had to see a sign. Yet blessed be the one that believes and yet has not seen.
The Greeks on the other hand searched for wisdom. They picked a part everything and had to see the wisdom in the passage. They couldn’t take the passage at face value, which in some cases is not a bad thing.
The gospel of Christ to the Jews is a stumbling block cause again they needed proof. To the Greeks, foolishness. It was folly to preach the teachings of a dead man. They didn’t see the wisdom in it. To God it was foolishness as well but foolishness in a different way. It was so simple and so humbling. A man that didn’t do anything wrong. That taught the Kingdom of God and taught love for mankind was killed because it didn’t make any sense. These people stood around and waited for signs and understanding. The understanding and the signs were right there. Jesus died for fools such as I. He didn’t do it cause He had to. He did it cause He wanted to. The signs that the Jews needed was right there hanging on the cross.
The wisdom of the cross is easy to receive and it really is. But then you need to understand it and to a certain point that is pretty easy as well. What is the wisdom of the Cross….that a man who did no wrong, died for you and me. Period.
I am a Fool For Christ. I am proud to be the Fool.
Someone will read this and go “only a fool would believe in a Dead Man.” The difference between me and him or her is that I have proof that Jesus is not dead and that He reigns on high with the Father. The bible tells me so.
33 Therefore having been exalted [a]to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.
1 Peter 3:21-22
1 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God [a]for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
The Cross is pure foolishness to those who choose not to believe.
Through these blogs I preach the Gospel of Christ. I present Jesus and pray as I do so that you , the reader, might, if you have not already, come to know the Jesus that I know. The Man that laid down His life so that you might live!. In centuries gone by, they didn’t have the net or the ability to reach the masses like we do today. They didn’t have television. They didn’t have the wonder of radio or the telephone. These are all relatively new inventions. They had to go out and preach the gospel. They had to do it on their feet. Now we can do it through blogging. We reach millions through the wonder of television. The ability to spread the gospel has become so much easier.
We spread the gospel through music and movies. Live concerts and even recorded ones. Things have changed since Jesus gave that command.
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 [e]Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [f]always, even to the end of the age.”
But the command stays the same. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone that will listen. To preach the love that He had for all mankind. To present the only One worthy of our praise. To take the name calling. To smile when someone calls us a fool and to acknowledge that the gold waiting for us is not the gold we can’t afford but fool’s gold. To stand proud and say
“This fool will put his faith in a fool’s errand. To preach the foolish cross of Christ. To stand firm in the belief that Jesus is the only one worthy of praise and glory. He is the only one that showed His love for us, that when He died for you and me, He did so with a love that is so unconditional that He did it for everyone. Not just for the Jews but the gentiles as well.
When you present Christ and they call you a fool. Smile, and say… “I would rather be a fool in the eyes of man, than be a fool in the eyes of God!”
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