A Gospel Of Weakness

No, that doesn't mean we have a weak gospel. The good news of Jesus Christ grants life to all who want it. It's so strong that it has the power to raise the dead to life.

But the great paradox of the gospel is that the strongest of victories is won through the greatest of weaknesses.

That Christ would become human, leaving his throne in heaven and become one of us. That a resurrection must be preceded by a death.

And that in order to be lifted high in his power, we would first have to acknowledge our dependence on his grace and not our own strength.

Yet we so often find it hard to acknowledge our weakness. What will others think of us? What if nobody else is going through the same thing? How will it look? What does it mean for who I am as a person, and the worth I possess?

Perhaps if we considered our ongoing need for salvation, we wouldn't have so much trouble accepting our own frailty. And even more, that in the face of that frailty, that God would still deem us worthy of his love.

The truth is that the gospel reminds us we're all weak, but in Christ we're made strong. In grounding itself in that truth, Christian communities have a unique opportunity to love the frail, because at the end of the day, the gospel reminds us that we're all in the same boat, whether we recognise it or not.

 

I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
— 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Chris Cipollone