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"For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." 1st Corinthians 1:25
Not too long ago there were commercials on TV for Klondike ice cream bars. They would ask, "What would you do for a Klondike Bar?" Then people did all sorts of silly things to get some ice cream. They walked and quacked like a duck, made monkey sounds and all sorts of crazy things. People were willing to play the fool to get a delicious treat.
The Apostle Paul speaks of being a fool for Christ, not meaning that it was foolish to follow Jesus, rather, by the world's view, Christians seemed foolish. The preaching of the cross sounded like the most ridiculous doctrine in the world, especially to someone schooled in the Mosaic Law. Righteousness was something they worked very hard to obtain. Keeping the law perfectly is impossible. Now however, God offers to us His righteousness, not holding people's sins against them, rather, forgiving them. We have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto us! How delightfully awesome!
The Father's love for His children is so very great that He even made His plan of redeeming us back to Himself very simple. Just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, and allow Jesus to be the Lord and Master of our lives. The plan of salvation is so easy to understand that even a small child is able to grasp the concept that Jesus is our substitute sacrifice.
The self righteous religious leaders had a tough pill to swallow. They had prided themselves on their education in the Laws of Moses. They worked hard at becoming righteous enough to deserve salvation and favor with God. Then Jesus the Christ comes along and offers His righteousness unto all who will believe, without working for it. Yet the Prophets these same leaders had studied foretold this grace.
"But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify." Romans 3:21
Yes, they thought it foolish to believe it could be so simple.
"...God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe." 1st Corinthians 1:2b
You can call me a fool anytime...a fool for Jesus that is. To the world, that is what we Christians are, and that is a good thing, because it means we belong to God and not to the world. Being willing to be thought a fool, we become wise in Christ.
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