“This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25, NLT).
To many people, not just in this century, the cross and what it represents seems like a strange way to go about providing salvation for the world. Some even scoff about needing salvation. Back in Paul’s day, the Jews wanted signs from heaven and the Greeks only trusted in human wisdom (verses 22-23). So the Jews were offended and the Greeks thought it was all nonsense. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
But to those who have been touched by God’s grace, the message of the cross is the power of God (verse 18). He crafted his plan for us in wisdom and strength. Paul made this tongue in cheek comment about what may seem to be God’s foolishness to remind us that God is the one who does everything for us, so no one can ever claim to have brought about his or her own salvation by works or human intelligence. The only foolishness is ours if we don’t trust his wisdom and strength for our eternity.