by Terry J. Hallock

It's Still the Cross!
Terry J. Hallock
I Corinthians 1:10-18
September 3, 2000

"I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, 'I follow Paul'; another, 'I follow Apollos'; another, 'I follow Cephas'; still another, 'I follow Christ.'

Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel - not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

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."

No matter what has come and gone over the past two thousand years since Our Jesus came among us full and grace and truth, one thing has remained and one thing only - The Cross!

When Jesus drew His first human breath Rome ruled the world and it seemed that its power would never wane. Now Rome is a lesson in our history books and a tourist attraction of crumbling ruins. . .. But the cross still stands!

Since Rome, empire after empire have marched across history's stage from Napoleon's France to Queen Victoria's British empire to Hitler's Germany, to Tojo's Japan and Stalin's Russia. All have now been reduced to distant memories and black and white photographs in museum archives. . .. But not the Cross!

Philosophers, theologians, scholars and skeptics have whined and opined, written and lectured. Neitzche told us everything was meaningless. ...

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