What is the message of the cross? Paul writes that this message is “foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” Therefore, it makes sense to know what this message is exactly. The message of the cross is that God’s power saves us. We do not save ourselves. The message is that Jesus comes that we might not die. The message of truth is that — outside of Christ — we are dead already, dead in our sin, unable to save ourselves. If not for Jesus’ inception into the world through birth, if not for His daily life on earth, if not for His death and then His resurrection and ascension, we remain in sin. The message of the cross is a message of the great cure, the only salve that heals completely. Nothing additional is needed.
Two find the message of the cross impossible — the “Greek” or the one who relies on knowledge and the “Pharisee” or the one who relies on obedience to an external regulation. Neither of these two persons comprehend or accept God’s power. Only the humble grasp its significance — understand that Christ is “the wisdom and power of God.”