The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ
Reaction to the message of the cross
Is there anything more absurd for a reasonable person to hear than a preacher’s declaration that a Jew who was poor, condemned to death by the highest political and religious authorities of his nation, was crucified like a slave? He is risen! This is the Son of God, and he has saved the world! The proclamation of this ignominy is not folly—it is nonsense.
The elite and the cross
The sovereignty and wisdom of God
That means that people must believe, must give themselves over to God in adherence to mysteries that derail human logic and human good sense: “Let no one be deceived! If anyone believes that he is wise among you in this world, let him become stupid (mōros) in order to become wise, for this world’s wisdom is stupidity (mōria) with God.”