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Taking a second look: A devotion for April 15, 2014

April 15th, 2014 6:00 am by Becky Whitlock

Taking a second look: A devotion for April 15, 2014

"The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God." — 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)

Most Christians today don't look twice at the cross. Whether it's in our church buildings, hanging from chains around our necks, or as other forms of jewelry. So, it's hard for us to imagine how terrible the cross was for the first Christians. It was torture designed by the Romans to inspire fear and encourage submission to the empire. So, when Paul tells the Corinthians that the message of the cross is not torture and fear but the power of God, they must have wondered where Paul got his crazy ideas. But Paul had come to understand that in the cross, God shows that He is on the side of those who truly need Him — the tortured, the fearful, the ones who know they can't rely on their own wisdom in order to be saved. The cross continues to mean that today. That is why Christians have been able to turn the cross from an instrument of torture into a sign of God's presence, most especially when we need Him the most.

Prayer: Loving God, You have loved us to death through the crucifixion of Your Son. May we always turn to Your power when we are fearful, defenseless and in desperate need of Your presence. Amen.

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