I think it’s fitting that this year’s celebration of Holy Week happens at such a time as this. This week offers an opportunity to shift from wondering, “Why does God allow evil?” to the wonder of God’s surprising response to it.
It’s an opportunity to consider the cross.
Imagine the scene on crucifixion day. Jesus is mutilated beyond description. Held only by nails in His hands and feet, He dangles from a rugged, splintery beam, enduring the cruelest form of execution. Some six hours later, He lowers His head and breathes His last.
At that instant, it’s likely the devil took a victory lap. But in his arrogance, he forgot a HUGE truth: Jesus was known for turning tables!
When Satan thought he had Jesus, he never knew the cross was God’s plan:
- from the very beginning (1 Pet. 1:20),
- to disarm the powers of evil (Col 2:15),
- to bring the wounds of our healing (Isa. 53:5),
- to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8).
Sure, for a short time, it looked like evil had won. The enemy thought the cross was Jesus’ certain defeat. But little did he know, the cross was his.
Friend, what’s happening in our world today is not the final answer. As we go to the cross this week, I’m expecting another world-changing, table-turning moment. What about you?