Some reject God simply on the basis of bad things happening to good people. If there is a loving God why is life so nasty for some? I think it’s best to let God answer the ‘why’ questions. My attempt might sound like I was defending the God who needs no defense. When we see intolerable suffering and grave injustice, where can the gospel take us? Is there a resolve that makes sense?

When you are faced with a horrible crisis, God wants to be present with you to reconcile all things. This is the story of how the disciples experienced it after Jesus had been put to death. They heard rumors that he had raised from the dead, but who could believe that? How could anyone have hoped for good to come from such injustice?

John 20:
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

There is a model of God’s reconciliation that goes beyond the acknowledgment of injustice and reparations made. God’s plan of reconciliation extends outward from Jesus like perpetual ripples from a stone tossed in a pond. Reconciliation is bigger than a lifetime and secures future good.

We need to know that when we are faced with hopeless disaster. What can we learn about God’s ways in this story?