1 Corinthians 1:18 (NLT)
18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
This is the sum and substance of the gospel. Christ crucified is the foundation of all our joys. By his death we live. This is what Paul preached, what all ministers should preach, and what all the saints live upon. [Matthew Henry Commentary]
In the book, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection, author Jonathan Dodson writes, "The resurrection is a dividing line�a parting claim." Here's how he illustrates that "dividing line":
The resurrection is like a river that parts a road. People are on the road approaching the river. Arriving at the river of the resurrection, you look across it to where the road continues and see quite a few cars are there. In your doubt, you can't imagine how people got to the other side of the river. How did they get across? How can rational people come to the belief that Jesus died and rose from the dead?
Faith is the unnoticed ferry, lying hidden near the bank of the river that can take us from the riverbank of doubt � to the other side of belief in the resurrection. [But] it's not blind faith � You don't cross by closing your eyes and wishing Jesus' resurrection was true. No. You cross with your eyes wide open. This is an informed faith, faith in a historical plausible resurrection, attested by hundreds of witnesses, one proven to be worth believing.
Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, wrote: The plan of redemption unfolded as Almighty God sent His Son to earth on a mission to die, to �give his life as a ransom for many� (Mark 10:45, NIV). And not simply to die, but to die on a cross in punishment for our sins so that we might be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life.
To many, that sounds like nonsense. But the Bible says, �The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God� (1 Corinthians 1:18).