Andrew Hughes | Category: Easter, The Christian Life
The irony of Easter is the irony of life- your life.
You are probably familiar with the passage in Genesis where Joseph states to his brothers that what they “meant for evil, God meant for good.” God’s “meaning” always stands behinds man’s ”meaning.” This is a constant theme in the drama of Scripture, finding its apex in the cross/resurrection event. Acts 2:23-24 states that “this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” What man meant for evil, God meant for great good. It was not possible for death to hold Christ because their was a greater “plan” behind man’s intentions.
This same good plan and meaningfulness behind even the most bitter things of life, as portrayed in the story of the cross and the story of all Scripture, is the same good plan being fleshed out in the story of every believer’s life. Your “story” (the events & circumstances, both the bitter and sweet) is not a separate story but part of this very drama in which the cross becomes the pinnacle. This is the very reason Paul connects your life right into the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ when he states that “I am sure the neither death, not life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8
The "good" you experience today (Rom 8:28) and will experience tomorrow is found in that moment in history where what man meant for evil, God meant for great good, and His glory, by absorbing the very intended evil on the God-man, Jesus Christ. The irony of Easter is the irony of life- your life.
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