Yesterday I saw a church sign that said something like, “The glory of God in the cross of Christ.” It’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Sometimes I think churches say the same thing over and over so many times that insiders and outsiders all get numb to it. Just because it’s true doesn’t make it meaningful to us. We may know it, but that doesn’t mean we feel it.
It’s easy to for the truth of that phrase, and a thousand like it, to be lost because we don’t have much context for it, or think about it in the right way. So I started thinking of what some other images might be that would capture that idea. I came up with three.
“It’s like saying that the glory of Edison is in a burnt-out light bulb.”
“It’s like saying that the glory of the farmer is in a fallow field.”
“It’s like saying that the glory of Henry Ford is in a car at the junkyard.”
Okay one more:
“It’s like saying that the glory of Bill Gates is in a computer crashed with viruses.”
Yep, God’s glory makes no sense like that.
“So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.” –Paul