With the spring equinox fast approaching and Holy Week a mere five weeks away, Pastor Victor poses a
question in his new sermon series, “What is at the Center of Christianity?” Perhaps there is no better
place in the Bible to consider this query than in Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth. In the text,
1 Corinthians 1:18-25, it is apparent that the Christian story can be difficult to fully grasp because it is
both problematic to the non-believer and filled with divine possibility for those who are saved.
The cross is nonsensically problematic to those without faith and simultaneously the holiest of symbols
that believers look to as affirmation of humanity’s salvation. To the former it does not make sense that
God in the flesh, our beloved Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, had to lose His life in such a gruesome,
tortuous manner. From the perspective of those who are perishing the cross is indeed an unscalable
stumbling block and they only see death. They have no sense of hope. However, from the entirely
different angle or perspective of the latter, those whose minds are open with an optimistic nature and
outlook, the cross represents humanity’s greatest hope and our salvation.
The cross truly presents a paradox in which the perishing perceive only impossibility and nonsense,
while the faith-filled believe in our salvation because He died at Calvary on that old rugged cross. During
this sacred season we often express our gratitude through a favorite gospel song. With hearts full of
hope and love, we sing these words, “Jesus would not come down from the cross just to save Himself.
He decided to die to save me.”
Thank God Jesus rose from that watery grave on the third day. Thank God Jesus decided that humanity
was worthy of salvation. Thank God He sent His Son to serve as our steppingstone to life that is