April Fools!

This year Easter Sunday fell on April Fools’ Day – what a coincidence!  On the day of practical jokes we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.  Are we fools for believing and celebrating this?  ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.

22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to nations, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.   (1 Corinthians 1)

In our foolishness we make demands of God.  Sometimes we demand that God be reasonable (according to our reasoning and experience) otherwise He is not worthy of us.  At other times we demand God show His power; we will not allow Him to use suffering or weakness to demonstrate who He is.  But God expresses His unreasonable love for us through the suffering death of His Son. Having paid for our sins, Jesus is raised from the dead by God.  He who made the laws of nature can break them!

God works out His unreasonable plan through weaklings like us.

26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong… 

We are fools for Christ’s sake in order to make others wise.  We are weak for Christ’s sake to make others strong.

Denis Oliver