The Wisdom of God is the Wisdom of the Cross

The Wisdom of God is the Wisdom of the Cross

Wisdom of God or Wisdom of the World?

We struggle. Every day presents new challenges and old temptations. And yet, we know to turn to God. Do we always turn to Him? Nope. It may seem obvious that the wisdom of God should be our first choice in every situation but our old Adam loves to put self first.

The wisdom of the world encourages superfluous navel-gazing, instant gratification and false gods in the form of wealth, power and prestige. We know those are empty endeavors that not only put distance between us and God, but don’t even deliver the happiness that they promise.

But the wisdom of God is the wisdom of the cross. It is justification and redemption. It is love. Love in the form of God sending His only Son to die for us. Love in the form of Christ, who had no sin, to give up his life for us. Love in the form of complete and total redemption.

The wisdom of the cross reveals the very heart of God. Thanks be to God for his gift of love and redemption!

Today’s sermon is based on these passages from 2 Corinthians 5:

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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