For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 1.22-24
This portion of Scripture is one of my favorites in the Bible; it has much to say about the purpose of every New Testament Christian. As born-again believers we have the responsibility to preach Christ to the world. The truth is that people are looking for answers everywhere but in Jesus Christ. In our passage the Jews were waiting for a sign; they were expecting something extravagant to reveal the birth of their Messiah; sadly, they missed Christ because they were looking for the wrong things. The Greeks were Gentiles and representative of the rest of the world; they wanted wisdom and saw preaching as foolishness (1 Cor 1.21). These two classes of people are still very much prevalent today, it is in this hostile environment that Christians are called to “preach Christ crucified.” As God people today we must decide that it may not always be accepted or popular, but we will preach Christ.