What compound can bounce and stretch like rubber, exist as a solid or flow like a liquid, mold into any shape, and entertain for hours on end? It’s Silly Putty, the popular child’s toy. When this synthetic rubber substitute was first presented to the global scientific community, no practical use could be found for it. A toy store owner and advertising consultant quickly changed that. Peter Hodgson packaged 1-ounce balls of the product in plastic eggs and gave it its name, “Silly Putty.” After marketing the product at the International Toy Fair in New York, Hodgson managed to have it stocked at Neiman Marcus and Doubleday bookstores. During its first several years on the market, Silly Putty primarily sold as a novelty item to adults. Later, it became popular with children. In the 60+ years since, this “impractical” product has made millions of dollars for Crayola.

Another putty-like compound which is similar to Silly Putty is known as Composition 4. This material can be molded into any shape. The substance looks harmless, but don’t be fooled by its appearance. One of the main ingredients in C4 is RDX, which is a powerful explosive.

To the world, the cross of Jesus Christ appears as foolish as Silly Putty. It doesn’t make sense that a poor, Jewish carpenter born in Bethlehem should be able to provide redemption to mankind. Why should Someone who died disgracefully as an imposter (and in the same manner as a slave on a cross) be worshipped as God? How would He, who could not save Himself, save them? Is salvation possible through the crucifixion of a Jew? The truth of the matter is the cross of Jesus is more powerful than C4. It can overcome sin, death, and Hell itself the moment any individual believes Jesus died, shed His blood to pay for their sins, and rose again.

Have you experienced the power of the cross? Christ’s death is not foolishness, friend, because He died in your place. He loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Won’t you put your trust in Him today?


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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.