The hero not only died on a cross, but the hero predicted and even allowed his death on a cross.
Is this what the great hero does?
Is this what the savior does?
To those of us steeped in two thousand years of Christian tradition it may not seem that bizarre. After all, we currently live in an era of the reluctant hero and the antihero dominating popular culture.
But to the ancient people? To the ancient Jews awaiting the coming of Messiah, could the Messiah be someone who would die on the cross? Would you call it foolishness? I probably would.
And yet this is the foolishness of God that Paul is talking about in his letter to the church in Corinth that we heard this morning.
Come into the world to save it, only to die? Foolishness!
Give yourself over to the enemies of the people to be killed? Foolishness!
Allow the temple to be destroyed? Foolishness!
Rebuild it in three days? Foolishness?
And yet this is the foolishness of God which is wiser than our greatest wisdom.
When, Jesus told the leaders of the faith that the temple would be destroyed and rebuilt in three days, it was clearly foolishness.
The temple took FORTY-SIX years to build!!!
How can it be rebuilt in three days?