“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2 (NKJV) Paul was not limiting himself to only preaching the crucifixion; he was preaching the entire message of Jesus life; birth, death, and resurrection. Paul’s style of preaching was later known as “kerygmatic”; a style that involved the whole of Jesus’ life and ministry. The emphasis on the Crucifixion was central to kerygma as it was through Christ’s death that “atonement” was made possible; if He had not died He could not have risen again, and much of our theology would be empty. Quite possibly it was also the central theme of the kerygma because it was the main event in Jesus’ life that was witnessed by multitudes and was the “talk of the town”; therefore it was something to build on for Paul and others who preached the kerygma.
Many are the churches and denominations today that could benefit from the Great Apostle’s attitude as expressed in our text. Paul says he determined, he decided, he made a conscious decision and effort to preach Jesus Christ crucified. Paul was not burdened by denominational doctrine and he preached against the “traditions of men” as being worthy of obedience. Churches and denominations are divided because of our “traditions” and “beliefs”. We’re not even unified in the most important teachings of our Lord. We should take a cue from St. Paul and make a determination to preach Jesus and him crucified. That is the foundation, the bedrock upon which Christianity was founded and upon which it will forever stand. The preaching of tradition and church doctrine will never bring one lost soul into the kingdom, it might fill our sanctuaries, but it will not cause anyone to surrender his life to Jesus the Crucified. The most important fact in all of human history is that Jesus died for our sins, and lives forever at His Father’s side. Believe it, live it, preach it, until He returns.
“I can almost hear the Trumpet”