This morning I am sitting at my desk, wearing a burgundy shirt and a bright purple tie. The only reason my wife let me leave the house looking like this this morning is that it is April Fools Day. Our school had decided to celebrate by letting the students dress in “foolish” clothing, and clashing red and purple is as “foolish” as it gets for me.
“Fool” is not a label that someone would want for themselves. If someone called you a fool, you would be likely to get angry and assume the person didn’t like you. Jesus even said in Matthew 5:22 “whosoever shall say, ‘Thou fool’, shall be in danger of hell fire.” The book of Proverbs talks about the fool and his actions, yet there is an aspect where being a fool is what Christians are called to embrace.
Paul put it this way in 1 Corinthians 4:10: “We are fools for Christ’s sake.” Paul contrasts the way that world thinks versus the way that God acts and thinks, and says that to the world, Christians are fools. Yet to God, the world is foolish. Paul says earlier in 1 Corinthians: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
To someone who has never tasted of God’s goodness, the idea of the Cross is foolish. It is foolish to believe that men are sinners, when everyone says that man is basically good. It is foolish to believe that God loved sinners enough to extend us mercy. It is foolish to believe that God would send Jesus Christ to the earth, and that He was born of a virgin. It is foolish to believe that Jesus is God Himself in human flesh, and He did what we could not do in living a perfect life. It is foolish to believe that He died on the cross as a substitute for our sins, and that if we will trust in Him for our eternity, we can have our sins removed from us. It is foolish to believe that Jesus laid in the grave for three days and rose again victoriously. It is foolish to believe that Jesus is coming back again someday. All this is foolishness to the world.
Yet to those who are saved, it is not foolishness, but the power of God unto salvation. It is the means by which God saved us, and made us His children. John 1:12 says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” Jesus’s death on the cross made Him look like a fool, but it was the only way that our sins could be punished so that God could extend His love to us. It was the only way that we could get Christ’s perfect righteousness, while He took our sinfulness. All we need to do is believe that Jesus died for us and accept His gift.
This April Fools Day could be the day that you go from being the world’s fool to Christ’s fool.
Will you become His fool?