Most of the world’s celebrated victories happened in one simple, yet brutal way – the winner was better at killing than the loser was. Death wins. As long as it’s your death, not mine. One of the many reasons I follow Jesus is that his victory on the cross was different from that. In fact …
The gospel was built on failure.
What we now know as good news started as very bad news.
It was never supposed to work.
For a long time, it looked like it never would.
There is nothing noble about suffering. Pain, sorrow, poverty, sickness, disease, violence and death have no redemptive value. They are not a part of God’s plan to save the world. They are what Jesus came to save us from.
We need to remember that this weekend.