HOPE WHEN THERE IS NONE
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?
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?