For the message about 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 NRSV)

Have you ever been around anyone who spoke with authority? Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, spoke with authority. Even his toughest linemen were no match against Lombardi. "When he says `sit down,'" said one player, "I don't even bother to look for a chair." I doubt that Jesus used the same leadership style as Vince Lombardi. Only a couple of times, according to the Gospels, did Jesus vent his anger. Still, Jesus could not have been the passive, non-threatening sort of fellow some have made him out to be. Absolute purity and absolute love. These were the sources of Jesus' authority.

There's a story of a man who walked up to the counter of an auto parts store and said, "I'd like to get a new gas camp for my old car."

"Sure," said the clerk, "Sounds like a fair exchange."

In his strength from God and his authority of love, Jesus exchanged his all for each one of us.

What is the cross worth to you?

Dear God, the cross of Jesus is worth everything. Help me to follow the cross faithfully everyday. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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