The honourable and life-giving cross
The Scripture Readings for
August 1, 2011
1 Corinthians 1:18-24 (Epistle, Cross)
|18||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.|
|19||For it is written:|
|20||Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?|
|21||For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.|
|22||For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;|
|23||but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,|
|24||but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.|
From the OCA website.
For the world, the cross is a symbol of a dishonourable and shameful death.
Christians invert this, by speaking of the cross as “honourable” and “life-giving”.