In the beginning of this letter, Paul informed his readers that when he first came to Corinth he determined to know nothing among them "except Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (2:2). This proclamation must have been extremely shocking to its first hearers. No one expected the coming Messiah to die (cf. John 12:34, "We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever"), let alone be crucified! After all, does not Deuteronomy 21:23 state plainly that any man hung on a tree is cursed of God? How then could God allow the Messiah, of all persons, to be hung on a cross?
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.