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April 4, 2017, 9:39 AM

The Foolishness Of Hope

There are things that people hold dear and find value in that I don't understand. There are people who refuse to get of rid things that their children will sell for a quarter when they pass away. I think it's kind of foolish what some people value, but the value to them is undoubtedly real. I walk through an antique store and just see worthless junk, but someone else will buy it for hundreds of dollars. What seems crazy to someone seems like a long-lost treasure to others. 

The cross was something that seemed to have no positive value. 

The Romans used the cross as a tool of torture, murder, and intimidation. They used the cross to intimidate anyone that felt tempted to go against them. It was a tool of state-ordered terror. The Romans crucified people by the hundreds to send a message not to mess with them or go against them. 

In 1 Corinthians chapter one Paul says that the cross was "foolishness to those who are perishing." (1 Cor. 1:18) This meant that it was really hard for people to buy into this cross being anything but a tool to kill someone. How could this cross bring salvation and hope to people? The memories of the Romans using the cross for terror was too fresh for some. 

So who did the cross impact? Who did it bring hope for? It brought hope to people that believed. This is the difference...faith. It takes faith to follow Jesus and to buy in to this hope. It seems foolish to many. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul writes that Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they can't see who Jesus really is. They can't see him as Savior. They can't see the hope that is in him. 

You may have been blinded for a while, too. You found some hope in other people. You found hope in money. You found hope in your job. For many this is true...until it's taken away. You think it's foolish to believe in the hope of the cross try believing the hope of anything else. Try finding hope in your retirement package until the bottom drops out of the market. Try finding hope in other people until they leave you for someone else. Try finding hope in your job until you're laid off. Now what? 

Hebrews 6:19 says that the hope we have in God is an anchor for the soul. An anchor is something solid that keeps us grounded while even the fiercest storm rages around us. Hope in the cross of Jesus might seem foolish. How can a big piece of wood used for murder and torture give me any hope? It's not really the object it was who was nailed to it. But it's even more than that. It's that the cross that Rome and some of the Jews were using to send a message couldn't really send the message they'd hope for. He arose three days later. The cross couldn't hold him. The message of the cross has forever changed. 

It might be foolishness to some, but it's salvation to all. 


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