1 Corinthians 1:28
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
-Crucifixion, a particularly cruel method of execution invented by the Roman Empire. It was so barbarous in fact, that is was not permitted for Roman citizens to endure such a penalty. As a result of this, the cross became a horrific symbol of bloody, inhuman torture. How do we see the cross now? If you have any feelings toward it at all, they are no doubt fond ones. This is the power of God. He took an instrument of death and made it a symbol of true life; He took a tool of painful bondage and made it a means of eternal freedom; He took a creation of one of the most powerful world systems in history and made it integral to God’s plan of Salvation.