Faith rests upon the bedrock of Christ crucified and risen. It is only through His sacrifice that we are made right with God and only through His resurrection that we have the promise of eternal life. We ourselves can do nothing to earn forgiveness or to earn our way into heaven. It is only by His grace and with the power of the Holy Spirit that we walk daily as a child of God.
For many today, this seems foolishness and is very hard to accept. Like the Jews and Greeks in today’s reading, people today still want amazing signs or miracles or they want to be able to reason out faith. Many in Jesus’ day saw miracles but failed to believe. Many today believe that Jesus exists but fails to follow Him. They observe the rules and diligently check off the boxes. They know the stories in the Bible. They practice religion but do not have a living faith.
But until Jesus makes that journey from head to heart, religion is all one has. Once Jesus starts to live in our hearts, our lives change radically. Instead of thinking how nice it was that Jesus did all those wonderful things for people, we want to go and do in His name. Once Jesus lives in our hearts, our faith grows hands and feet. The Spirit comes to dwell within us and life is never the same. It is then that we can see with Jesus’ eyes, love with His heart, and serve others in the saving name of Jesus Christ!
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25