by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The Cross Divides Men
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

All Scripture references are from the New Scofield Reference Bible.
(This message was originally printed in 1967. It is also included in the hardback book,
The Best of J. Vernon McGee, Volume 2, copyright 2006 by Thru the Bible Radio Network.)
And it was the third hour; and they crucified him. And the superscription of his
accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify
two thieves, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture
was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. And they
that passed by railed at him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that
destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself, and come down
from the cross. So, also, the chief priests, mocking, said among themselves, with the
scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ, the King of Israel,
descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified
with him reviled him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness
over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a
loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:25-34)
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who
are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
It is necessary to examine this verse for a moment so that we might arrive at an understanding
of what Paul is really saying.
There are three words here that concern us. The first is "preaching" - "for the preaching of
the cross." The Greek word Paul used here is logos, and it simply means "word." In one of our
newer translations of the New Testament, logos is translated quite literally: "For the word of the
cross is to them that perish foolishness." However, it doesn't tell us much when we only translate

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