What is The Cross? (I Corinthians 1:18)

I Corinthians 1:18 (NRSV): For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Queries:

What is the message of the cross, to you? Why is it a timely message, if it is?

Why is the cross the power of God? What does “the power of God” mean to you?