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The True Power of the Cross

18 To preach the message[a] of the cross seems like sheer nonsense to those who are on their way to destruction, but to us who are on our way to salvation, it is the mighty power of God released within us.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Or “expression [Gr. logos]” or “the act of proclaiming.”
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:18 The “message of the cross” becomes the ignition point where God’s power becomes operative and actualized with the ability to convert, transform, and save. The Aramaic can be translated “For he [rather than the message] is the power of God.”

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus led his disciples to an orchard called “The Oil Press.”[a] He told them, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 He took Peter, Jacob, and John with him.[b] However, an intense feeling of great sorrow plunged his soul into deep sorrow and agony. 38 And he said to them, “My heart is overwhelmed and crushed with grief. It feels as though I’m dying. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

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  1. Matthew 26:36 Or “Gethsemane,” which means “oil press.” This was located on the lower slope of the Mount of Olives near the brook Kidron. King David left Jerusalem weeping as he crossed the Kidron Valley and went up the Mount of Olives (2 Sam. 15:23). Now the Son of David comes into that valley with great sorrow on his way into Jerusalem to be crucified. Kidron comes from the Hebrew verb qadar, which means “to grow dark” or “to mourn.”
  2. Matthew 26:37 Or “Peter and the two sons of Zebedee.”

34 And he said to them, “My heart is overwhelmed with anguish and crushed with grief.[a] It feels as though I’m dying. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 14:34 The Greek words used here in vv. 33–34 are unusual. The terms are extraordinarily emotional and expressive, describing the deepest feelings a person could experience.