The power of God (1 Cor 1:18)

"For 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 1:18

God chose to use the most ridiculous, backwards, illogical way imaginable to bring about his kingdom. The cross is folly to those who are not believers. Why would God use death to bring life?

I remember the movie The Mystery Men where there are bunch of wannabe super heroes who get together to try to accomplish superhero type missions. Throughout the whole movie there is one guy who leads everyone in their training and he basically takes obvious concepts and turns them around to be ridiculous but possibly wise sounding. He says things like "in order to see we must first be blind." Or "If we want to change the world the world must first change us."

The guy is just downright annoying because what he says is so predictable but doesn't seem to have an ounce of thought (let alone truth) behind it. But in a similar way that seems like what God did, "In order to really live, you must first die," or, "The last will be first and the first will be last."

Who says these kinds of things?

The answer is God. Our gospel is compelling because it seems too far fetched for a man to have come up with, which, while not a reason for it's validity, is a reason for its attractiveness. It challenges us to think differently about a world we recognize we are incapable of figuring out.

We know we don't have the answers through what seems logical to us. We've tried living life on our own understanding and we've failed (I know I have). God chose the cross. While foolishness to them, it is the very power of God to us.

The cross is power to us because it is salvation to us. It is power over death. Power over our old man. Power to not be dead in sin, but alive, filled with joy, and supernatural love. Our lives should be compelling to non-believers because of the power of the cross. Is yours?