Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
Our world is filled up with a lot of amazing sights and sounds. A lot of amazing and wonderful things. People today are always fascinated with new things. In the world of sports if a player has a good year then the question inevitably arises, “are they the greatest of all time?” If a great play happens or a close well played game, the question – “is it the greatest of all time?” We are fascinated with greatness, especially new greatness.
And yet the greatest, most amazing event in all of history happened almost 2000 years ago. It was the resurrection of Jesus Christ and it is an event that changed the course of history and was so amazing that it is still changing the course of history today.
On that Friday Jesus underwent such humiliation, such torture, such anguish and pain, that the Bible says “His appearance was marred beyond that of a man.” In other words He was not only unrecognizable, He was unrecognizable as a human being. Even the most graphic description of the cross doesn’t fully show us what He went through.
Then the cry of “It is finished”, and He was gone. Dead. They took Him down, they buried Him, a stone was rolled in front of His tomb. It was over. I imagine how horrid it must have been for His followers. They had placed their trust in Him. They had hope, and now it was over. He was buried and their expectation and hope was as well.
But then…..Death could not hold Him. God the Father, raised Him from the dead. The darkness burst forth into life. Hopelessness turned to hope. Weeping to joy. Fear to peace. Jesus was alive and that changes everything.
The resurrection of Jesus truly does change everything. It makes all the difference in the world. God took the worst event in history and made good come out of it. The worst event was the cross and the good is our salvation, our forgiveness, our reconciliation to the Father. Without the resurrection those things don’t happen. The resurrection changes everything, and it shows us that God the Father is so power, so amazing, so filled up with love and glory that He can take something horrible and make good come out of it. He can take the worst and make the best come out of it. And that is why He is beyond amazing.