Terry Bisson wrote the following in the midst of a comedic writing called “They’re Made Out of Meat” for Omni magazine in 1990. In this piece, two aliens are discussing the discovery of sentient life on earth which, to their complete amazement, comes from beings made of meat.
“Thinking meat! You’re asking me to believe in thinking meat!”
“Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?”
“Omigod. You’re serious then. They’re made out of meat.”
There are some things that God has done that are completely out of the realm of human imagination. Perhaps the most outlandish act of God is providing salvation as an option for all people through the death of Jesus on the cross. When you discuss the gospel with many people things go pretty well until you get to the idea that the God who created the universe would come down to earth as a man and willingly die a most cruel death so that He might restore our relationship with Him. “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24)
As Paul dealt with this discussion he recalled the demand for signs from the Jewish leaders. How many times do we see that they asked Jesus for a sign that He came from God. I don’t know what kind of a sign they were looking for, but all of the healings and other miracles apparently weren’t enough. Even a resurrection wasn’t enough. Greeks, on the other hand, deified wisdom. If you gave them a good intellectual argument, they would enjoy the argument and engage you while they shared opinions. But, as Paul learned in Athens, they weren’t ready to agree with the gospel, especially when this idea that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave came into the discussion. The Jews couldn’t imagine God delivering the world through a man who had been cursed by hanging on a tree. The idea of the resurrection seemed like foolishness to the Greeks. But, as God spoke to people in either group, they recognized that the truth of the cross was the power and wisdom of God.
The power and wisdom of God is found at the cross. The old cliche is that all the ground at the foot of the cross is level. As much of a cliche it is, it is also an amazing truth. We all come to God the same way – seeking His grace and mercy not because of what we have done, but because of His great love for us. This is a power and wisdom that many still don’t understand. They put conditions on His grace. “If you clean up your life and come to Christ.” “If you come to Christ and .…” All who seek God through His grace are welcomed. The separation from God disappears. The marks of that separation, while slower to go away, eventually disappear as well. We must, as Paul did, share Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Lord God, it seems so foolish, and yet Your message of grace and mercy through the cross of Jesus Christ is the most powerful force in the world. Speak through me. Speak to my friends. Speak to all who need to hear this message of amazing grace.