Illustration: “Multicolor Clown” by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 1974. (Shades of Godspell?–ed.)
“… you do not believe because you are not part of my flock” (John 10:26).
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:22-23).
Sometimes the path we are on is lonely. We see many on other paths. They call out to us, urge us to turn from the foolishness we are following and join them. They tell us to stop, don’t go on, that we are chasing a fool. The closer we get to the cross, the more foolish this journey seems.
Jesus speaks to those who see the miracles of God and still do not believe. They say that Jesus is a fool, and that those who follow Him are even bigger fools. And they are right, because, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:27).
How often do we see miracles and not believe? There are many who witness daily the miracle of creation, and yet still believe in evolution. They say that we are fools to believe that this world could be created in six days. They would say that we are fools to believe that God could part the waters of the Red Sea so His children could pass through on dry land. They would say we are fools to believe that God would sacrifice His Son for us, and raise Him again so that we can be forgiven and have eternal life.
Yes, the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
Prayer: Dear God, if it is foolish to believe in You, then thank You for making me a fool. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.
Ponder the path: Use today as an opportunity to show your own foolishness. Michael Card wrote a song called “God’s Own Fool.” The refrain is “And so we follow God’s own fool; For only the foolish can tell. Believe the unbelievable; Come be a fool as well.” Share this message with those today who would believe you a fool.
Here’s a youtube video for you to enjoy…