It was the single most horrible day in the history of the world.
No incident has ever been more tragic, and no future event will ever match it. No surprise attack, no political assassination, no financial collapse, no military invasion, no atomic detonation or nuclear warfare, no cataclysmic act of terrorism, no large-scale famine or disease — not even slave trading, ethnic cleansing, or decades-long religious warring can eclipse the darkness of that day.
No suffering has ever been so unfitting. No human has ever been so unjustly treated, because no other human has ever been so worthy of praise. No one else has ever lived without sin. No other human has ever been God himself. No horror surpasses what transpired on a hill outside Jerusalem almost two millennia ago. *John Piper
And it was all part of a Master plan- “By His wounds we were healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
God wrote “good” on the single worst day in the history of the world. And there is not one day — or week, month, year, or lifetime of suffering — not one trauma, not one loss, not one pain, momentary or chronic, over which God cannot write “good” for you and for me in Christ Jesus.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross,…” 1 Peter 2:24
Then Jesus stepped forward, out of the grave, accomplishing for us what we could never achieve on our own- reconciliation with the Father, restoration of a right relationship with Him.
“…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Father.” Hebrews 12:2
“We step forward into a world that would rather have Barabbas rob them, than Jesus call them to repent; a world of Pilates who find no fault with Christ, but who see no glory in him either; a world of Judases who may kiss him every Sunday, but betray him with their lives; a world that pays homage to Caesar instead of the Savior.” *Greg Morse
*Much thanks to John Piper and Greg Morse of Desiring God for many of the poignant thoughts I included here.