“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jn 1:14 NIV
How hell must have celebrated the day Jesus was crucified! “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…the only begotten of the Father” (v. 14 NKJV). Yet He had just died on a cross. But Satan’s big party ended abruptly! One author writes: “In the most ironic twist of all history, what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good. Jesus’ death bridged the gap between a perfect God and a fatally flawed humanity. On Good Friday God defeated sin, routed death, triumphed over Satan, and got his family back…He took the worst deed of history and turned it into the greatest victory. No wonder Jesus commanded that we never forget. Because of the cross we have hope. It’s through the Servant’s wondrous wounds, not His miracles, that we are healed (See Isa 53:5). And if God can wrest such triumph from the jaws of apparent defeat…what might He do with the apparent failures and hardships of our lives? Nothing—not even the murder of His Son—can end the relationship between God and human beings. In the alchemy [transformation] of redemption, the most villainous crime becomes our healing strength. The fatally wounded healer came back on Easter, the day that gives us a sneak preview of how all history will look from the vantage point of eternity, when every scar…hurt and disappointment will be seen in a different light. Faith begins where it might have seemed to end. Between the cross and the empty tomb hovers the promise of history: hope for the world, and hope for each of us who lives in it.”
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