Lord's Day Liturgy

Not in Their Right Mind

We can take comfort as we observe the communion ordinance that we are probably either doing exactly what God wants us to do or we are absolutely crazy. There is no way that men could come up with this in their right mind.

What marketing group would build their team around an approach like Jesus? Who would erect a cross at the center of a global advertising platform? Who would pretend to eat another man’s flesh and drink his blood and call it spiritual worship? Not Jews. Not anyone else.

The apostle Paul wrote that the “word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18). “Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom” (1:22). No worldly wise man could figure it out. No religious scribe could research his way to it. No classically trained debater could discern it.

But, “to us who are being saved (the word of the cross) is the power of God” (1:18). That’s why “we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and folly to the Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1:23-24).

Always remember, “in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom” (1:21). He doesn’t need our counsel or advice. “It pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe” (1:21). He doesn’t do it like we would do it. Christ took the road less pronounced and, in doing so, became the way to eternal life. He is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption for us who are in Christ Jesus. So we boast in Him, not in ourselves (1:30-31). It’s not crazy, it’s the power of God and the wisdom of God.