The Sufficiency of the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Each year at this time, we celebrate the balancing truths of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice and God’s authenticating resurrection of the slain Messiah. Indeed, the sufficiency of the cross is not just about the sacrifice on the cross; it is most certainly also about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conversely, as pastor and church planter, Dr. Miguel Nunez warns of the need for a re-evangelizing of Latin America, and our neighborhood, “Because it has been inoculated with the wrong message, therefore people have developed ‘antibodies’ to the real Gospel.” Regrettably, there will be many who will attend church on this particular resurrection day, unaffected by their guilt of sin. The demonstration of this inoculation against the sufficiency of the Gospel is witnessed through their ongoing struggle to identify salvation through the means of their wisdom and intelligence.
This Sunday, I want to take a closer look at the truth the Bible realizes but the world rejects as foolish, the sufficiency of the cross. The cross, with its accompanying resurrection, is the infinite wisdom of God and the distinct and isolated means He provided for our salvation from sin and death.
The sufficiency of the cross:
- It is the power of God to transform a sinner into a saint – 1 Corinthians 1:18
- It is the wisdom of God to confound the knowledge of the world – 1 Corinthians 1:19-21
- It is the message that delivers the power and wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:22-25