Tuesday in Holy Week
1 Corinthians 1:18
St Paul speaks to us this morning:
“The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
How true that is; we all know people who do not understand the sacrifice of Jesus, or who refuse to think about it, or who reject it out of hand or who ignore it or who are totally ignorant of it. They are our evangelistic, prayerful target, “because”, says St Paul, “they are perishing”. They are on their way to eternal death, for if Jesus had not died on the cross as the sacrifice for humankind then all of us would have to carry the responsibility of our own sins and imperfections when we appear before the all Holy and Righteous judge – Christ the King. Then, since no-one is perfect, and God’s Heaven is for perfect people only, and God never tells us that sin doesn’t matter, there is only the one-way street to eternal death for everyone. God the Holy Trinity fore-saw this happening before the beginning of time; even then He was preparing the RESCUE MISSION to planet earth because of His great love for us.
Jesus Himself would lead the Rescue Mission assisted by God the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father: St Paul wrote about this in Romans 3:21 – 26. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, “And are justified (put right with God) by his grace through the redemption (the deliverance) that came through Jesus Christ. “God presented Him as the one who would turn aside His wrath, taking away sin. He did this to demonstrate his justice, for he justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
Back to our New Testament lesson for this morning: 1 Corinthians 1:18. “The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” We are being saved NOW by the power of God – that is the divine initiative taking place amongst us and in us. That is why we are here this morning – to witness to the fact that we are being saved by the power of God. Unlike those who do not believe, you and I have been born again of water (we have been baptised) and the Spirit (God’s Holy Spirit) part of the Body of Christ for Jesus presents Himself and Us to God the Father. As the communion hymn puts it; “Look Father, Look on His annointed face and only look on us as found in Him, for lo, between our sins and their reward we set the passion of thy Son our Lord”.
This morning we thank God that we are being saved from rejection and eternal death; we are being saved to be with God forever, “in communion with the holy apostles, confessors and martyrs and all the blessed saints and aided by angels and archangels and all the armies of the heavenly host.”
You and I are privileged to be part of God’s Rescue Mission to all whose hearts God will open to listen and respond to Good News. We are in the process of being saved in order that others, too, through us, may come to see, maybe for the first time, that the message of the Cross (that Jesus died for them as well) has power to save from sin and eternal death.
For Jesus, the Eternal Son of God died and rose again for the whole of humankind, past present and future, to the glory of God the Father.
We, too, are part of God’s Rescue Mission now, because we, too, are in the process of being saved – it is our privilege and responsibility. For “the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” May the power of God in action amongst us this Holy Week and Easter bring many souls to glory.
Amen, Amen and Amen