Easter Reflection

When God allows bad things to happen to us it is not because he does not care. One would have wrongly concluded before Easter morning that God did not care about his Son and so allowed man to mistreat and kill him. But just because God has allowed that evil does not mean he does not care. He cares more than you and I can ever imagine. Just as the religious elite of Israel, the ordinary Israelite, and the Roman officials were wrong in thinking God did not care about Jesus when he was wrongly accused, unfairly tried, horribly exchanged for a murder, and then crucified and mocked to death, many today are wrong who conclude just because Christians are mistreated God does not care, or because bad things happen to God people God does not care.

In the same way, God might have been seen as not caring when he allowed Jesus to be mistreated; God may sometimes be seen as not caring when He allows people to treat us unjustly. If you have been unjustly treated, you know it is not a good thing. It is a horrible thing to suffer unjustly in the hands of others. It hurts when we are misjudged, mistreated, misrepresented, and misunderstood. It hurts even more when others intentionally do such things to hurt us.

In his book Trusting God: Even when life Hurts Jerry Bridges writes “Now God sometimes allows people to treat us unjustly. Sometimes He even allows their actions to seriously affect our careers or our futures viewed on a human plane. But God never allows people to make decisions about us that undermine His plan for us. God is for us, we are His children, He delights in us (see Zephaniah 3:17). And the Scripture says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). We can put this down as a bedrock truth: God will never allow any action against you that is not in accord with His will for you. And His will is always directed to our good.”

If it feels like God is allowing others to mistreat you, or life itself is unfair to you, you can rest assured it is not because God does not care; rather, it is probably because God wants to demonstrate his power in you. Jesus knowing fully well how the father felt about him (Loved Him) endured the insults, the mockery, the taunting, the shame, the ridicule, the suffering, the pain, the wrath, and ultimately rejection. All along Jesus knew that the father will not reject him forever. (Am not celebrating injustice of any kind). However, we must lay hold of the truth and not let it escape us for a moment that the last word about our future and destiny is not with those who have made the horrible conscious choice to mistreat us; it is with God who loves and cares so much about us he allowed his own son to be mistreated in our place. He did that not because he did not care, but because he loved us so much (John 3:16). When it comes to others mistreating us, do not forget what Jesus said about those who love him - that they too would be mistreated. For all the people being mistreated out there, welcome to the club of the mistreated - the Jesus club. But be comforted by the truth that our mistreatment will only last for a short while. Here is a bigger thing to wrestle with thou: would you rather be mistreated by man or by God? Like Christ endured the dark hour on the Christ on Good Friday, today may be our dark day of mistreatment, but Easter Sunday is just around the corner, so hang in there my dear and never you give up because your creator loves you. If you wonder how much God loves you just look at the cross - its spells out love in capital letters.

Happy Easter to all followers of the Way.

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