i expect you’ll be on the lookout today. after all, it’s that day – that one day of the year when others are out to make you look stupid. not that it doesn’t happen most days, but today, that is the goal.
it’s april fool’s day.
fool is both a verb and a noun. basically the noun is one who does the verb. in other words, a fool is one who is fooled.
or put another way, when you are tricked or deceived (fool, the verb), you look like a silly or stupid person who just became the butt of the joke (fool, the noun).
so be aware today. others are out to get you, and nobody wants to be made a fool.
well, almost nobody.
there was this guy name paul. he lived about 2000 years ago, and is one of the best-seling authors of all-time, being that he wrote the majority of the documents in the new testament of the bible. he actually didn’t mind being made a fool. as long as it was for good reason.
our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools… (1 cor. 4.10)
paul was up for it for one reason – because God was up for it. he knew that the message which christians were proclaiming – and staking their very lives on – was a foolish message. it was a message of God in human form dying on a cross – not only a terribly painful way to die, but also a humiliating and embarrassing one. people were killed on a crosses as a warning to others: misbehave and we’ll make a fool out of you.
the notion of a god – any god – dying on a cross was ridiculous. it was stupid. it was foolish.
and it is the gospel.
if paul were here today, he would probably point at our calendar and say, ‘today isn’t fool’s day, tomorrow is.”
tomorrow is good friday. the day Jesus died on the cross.
the day God did what appeared incredibly foolish.
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. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (1 cor. 4.18-25)