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 (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Nothing in the history of the world has ever divided people as much as the cross of Christ. The cross separates the saint from the sinner, the saved from the unsaved. To the saved man the cross is the power of God, to the unsaved man it is foolishness. And God has chosen the message of the cross found throughout the Scriptures to proclaim salvation to sinners.
What is the message of the cross? Simply that sin separates the sinner from a holy God; but God has undertaken the forgiveness of sins through the death of Jesus in the place of sinners. Every sinner whose trust is placed in Christ alone to free them from the death-knell of sin will be saved.
The cross was rejected by the Jews as foolishness, who insisted that their ancestry, self-works, rituals, and traditions were enough to make them right with God.
Greeks demanded explanations based in science and reason. To them, a crucified Christ wasn’t a winner and His death wasn’t an evidence of triumph.
The message of the cross is foolishness to the world, but it is the full and tangible expression of God’s power to one who is being saved.