The Cross: the World’s Shame, the Lord’s Glory (Fri. April 30)

The word for the day is “glory .”  The Cross.  A symbol of the world’s hatred, yet the sign of God’s infinite love; an image of defeat, yet an emblem of victory.  A sight of shame, yet a vision of glory. Today in our reading of 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2,  Paul writes, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (NKJV vs. 27).  By this pronouncement, the apostle notes that the Cross contradicts everything that this world stands for.  The Cross judges all the values and aspirations of worldliness;  its power, its pleasures, its…