Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard

What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard … (1 Corinthians 2:9)

The cross of Christ was the last thing anyone expected. The Messiah was supposed to come in triumph and reign in peace, wasn’t he? So when God decided to save humanity through a rejected and crucified rabbi, it didn’t make sense. Our human minds, though equipped with many fine faculties, cannot know the mind of God on our own.

At Calvary something new began. God revealed his wisdom in a way he had not done before. He showed us that the greatest gift is to give of oneself in sacrificial love—and he led the way on the cross. He revealed that his will is accomplished in ways that don’t always seem logical to us. Jesus’ death scandalized the religious leaders who were awaiting a more conventional hero. And the wise men of the time thought that victory through defeat was a foolish concept. But for those who believed, the wisdom of the cross became the heart of a life of faith and trust.

Even today, God wants the paradox of the cross to become the center of our lives. We know that everyone is capable of discerning right from wrong. But to peer into the mind of God and understand his thoughts—this can come only through the Spirit. Only the Spirit can teach us the logic of divine love, a logic based on self-giving and not self-preservation.

Today, try to look at your circumstances through the eyes of the Lord. You may discover that a difficult acquaintance deserves just as much dignity as a trusted confidant. Or you may see a surprise pregnancy as a blessing from God rather than an unwelcome interruption. The more open to the Spirit you are, the more you will see with new eyes and become a light to the people around you.

“Father, thank you for sending your Son to offer himself for our sake. Holy Spirit, teach me the wisdom of the cross that I might love as Jesus did.”

Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34; Matthew 5:17-37

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