1 Corinthians 1:18 “ 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. “
Have you ever tried to mix oil and water? I have, but it does not work. I remember as a college freshman in Biology class we tried mixing oil and water as some type of experiment. There was a container capsule in which one side was filled with water. The other side was filled with oil. There was a mechanism that could be opened up for mixing the two liquids. However, once the mechanism was opened one could quickly see that oil and water would not mix. The oil would flow towards the bottom of the capsule and force the water towards the top. No matter how much I shook the capsule, turned it every which way, it simply would not mix.
We see this same type of thing in our Scripture today as we look at the cross of Christ from two vantage points. One vantage point is from those who are perishing. These are lost people, non-Christians, the unsaved. They look at Calvary’s cross, and it is a stumbling block to them for one reason or another. They don’t believe Jesus is who He really is. These people simply look at Christ as a prominent figure in history, or possibly even just as a good teacher. Since they have this view of Jesus their mind, heart, and spirit is blind to the truth of the cross. It becomes the stumbling block to them as Scripture describes it. In fact, for many the cross becomes an irritant like sand in the eye. In other words the cross is foolishness to them; therefore, they believe it is foolishness for anyone to believe in a man dying on a cross and being raised the third day to bring life to sinful people.
However, there is another vantage point that is seen here. “but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” Is the view of the cross from the individual who has given their heart and life to Jesus Christ. For Christians, the cross is not foolish at all. These are people who have accepted what Jesus came to this earth and did by laying His life down for sinful man. Christians have trusted in the God-Man ( Jesus ) who died on Calvary’s cross. To us, it is the power of God that has come to this earth and done what sinful man could not do for himself. Jesus, born of a virgin, came to this earth. This was God Himself in the form of human man. He came to earth. He came to live. He came to minister. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He died on the cross of Calvary. He was buried. He was raised the third day, and thus He is the life-giver to any man who will trust in Him, and what He has done for man. The cross becomes the power of God!
Just like oil and water are so different that no matter how you try to mix them they will not mix. So it is with the difference between lost men and saved men. They view everything differently. Lost man lives for this world and the things of this world. Why? It is because he is trying to obtain everything he can in this world because this world is his only hope. The saved man is not working to obtain the things of this world, because his hope is set on the eternal things that are yet to have come. His value of life is not wrapped up in what he does or does not have right now. His value is in his relationship with Jesus Christ. He has his hope, his desires, his future all with the future look of being in the presence of God when he enters into the Kingdom of God, Heaven.
How we look at life will depend greatly upon where our life is in relation to Jesus Christ. If you have a relationship with Jesus and you are daily growing with Him then you should have no trouble having an eternal perspective about your life. The charge for the Christian is to realize that the cross of Christ is not a stumbling block, but a stepping stone. The cross of Calvary is the power of God!