The Foolishness of Preaching

History records that Christ died and rose again from the dead three days later.  We came by this knowledge as someone declared it to us.  Yes, we can read it in the Bible, but hardly any of us have read the Bible before being made aware of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.  In many cases, that knowledge (at least the claim of it) was the driving force of our curiosity to read.

Thus we are largely dependent on human proclamation or declaration of the Jesus story for our awareness of it.  The apostle Paul called this “the foolishness of preaching” because so many in the world consider the story foolishness.  That is, how can a Jewish rabbi being crucified by Roman soldiers in the 1st Century have anything to do with our lives today?

Yet this message does not sound foolish to those of us who know we have a sin problem.  When I say that we know we have a sin problem, I mean that we know that we have not done the good we ought to have done in life, and, conversely, we have done evil which we ought not to have done.  The crucifixion and resurrection have everything in the world to do with that sin problem.  This death-resurrection of Christ is the seminal event that caused death to lead above to heaven rather than below to Hades.  The Bible explains how….for those who don’t think it’s too foolish to listen.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything or anyone else – but Him.

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