Unpopular Message

The cross of Christ will never be a popular message. Good Friday is embraced primarily by the faithful who are humble and hungry. The cross assaults our sensibility. The crucifixion attacks our idea of justice. How can God assume the role of judge and the judged? How does forgiveness and judgment exist together in one moment of experience? Our hearts are unable to comprehend a person dying and that this death would be tied to our life.

18 For the message about 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 NRSV)

What we see in Good Friday’s story is foolishness. And yet it is life. It is hard to grasp and understand but that was never the point or what we are asked to do. Rather, we are asked to believe it, experience it without looking away. For in Jesus’ death is our birth. For those who believe, this is not only a good Friday but the best of all days.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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