by Heather Tietz
But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God; because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:24-25
Could God ever show weakness?
I suppose if He is truly master of all things, then He is capable of being both great and small. The climax of C. S. Lewis’s book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” is a beautiful show of strength and wisdom under the mask of weakness and foolishness.
Selfish Edmund has sold his soul to the evil Snow Queen. Aslan, the beloved lion, offers Himself in Edmund’s place. The great lion’s decision seems foolish. For not only himself, but all of Narnia will fall into the hands of evil. Just the same, he allows his majestic mane to be cut, his paws bound, and his body tied to a stone table. There he lies, looking weak and foolish. But it’s all a disguise! Underneath, a powerful Aslan is scheming. He knows that any act done in love is never foolish and weak. He resurrects; Narnia is saved.
Sound familiar? Jesus came in weakness. Then He died a fool’s death. He let nails, thorns, and wood overcome His body. He allowed it because He had a plan. By being weak, He was able to show how strong He really was: stronger than death, forgiving of hate, unrelenting in love. And because He died, His Holy Spirit could come and empower us.
His weakness, His “foolishness,” ultimately gives us strength and wisdom.