For the word 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
When non-believers and skeptics hear about the cross, they just don’t understand. How can a group of people put so much emphasis and praise into a Roman torture device? A device that nobody comes back alive and is tortured for hours at the entertainment of the wicked crowds
How can God take a torture device and use it to free his people from the slavery of sin and death? Why would the Son of God willingly lay down his life, have his body broken and blood poured out, for wretched sinners?
This is what makes the cross foolishness to the unsaved, they can’t ponder the amazing love and grace from God. How do we as believers understand this love? We can’t but we accept it by faith and become washed clean and Born Again!
For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?1 Corinthians 1:19-20
The skeptic gets angry and declares “This is foolishness”! They believe they are smarter than their Creator, and redemption from God is not possible. However, Resurrection Sunday showed us that our Salvation has been completed by Jesus Christ!
The power of God was displayed at the cross, where Christ took the penalty for our sins, and rose again! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen!
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
The message of Jesus ministry was, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” The same message was preached by John the Baptist as well as Peter. Today people like to “water down” this message. People get offended when we talk about their sins, therefor they don’t want to talk about repentance.
But can you truly be saved without repentance? Absolutely Not! So what does Repent mean anyway? The original Greek word is “Metanoeite” which means to think differently, a spiritual transformation. Repenting is not just confessing your sins, its changing the way you think and behave about everything
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
This is what Jesus means by saying become “Born Again” Nicodemus, a religious leader, was perplexed as Jesus made this statement. He said how can someone become physically Born again? Nicodemus misunderstood that this was a spiritual rebirth and not a physical.
So as you see, Repentance and becoming Born Again go hand in hand. To become Spiritually Reborn we need to become transformed in our minds and actions. The original Greek for Born Again is “gennethe anothen” Gennethe means a regeneration Anothen means New
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
Repent and become Born Again, this is about making a transformation to follow and live like Jesus Christ. If you are still doing the same things BEFORE you got saved, then you haven’t become Born Again. How is all this possible, its all possible because of the works Jesus Christ has fulfilled on the cross.
Trust in Jesus and allow him to make you a new creation, Repent of your sins and receive the Holy Spirit Amen!