Let not the seasoned Christian grow numb to the historical reality of the crucifixion. Verse after verse here details the brutality that Jesus faced on his way to His gruesome death. Take a moment and reread this passage slowly, really soaking in the reality of the crucifixion and its cost to our Savior.
It is perhaps easy to forget the tortuous process when we also know the unconquerable victory that came through it. Indeed, Matthew 28 brings life-changing, world-altering, eternity-defining news that is worthy of our celebration forever. But we cannot neglect to note that Matthew 27 is just as crucial as the chapter that follows it. So why is it necessary for us to meditate upon these sufferings of our Lord and Savior?
We learn an amazing truth when we read Matthew 27 in conjunction with the victory that we see in Matthew 28. We see God’s triumphant kingdom advancing even in the midst of the suffering. Verse 54 tells us:
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
As Jesus, the Son of God, was hanging from a cross, glory was being given to God. Out of the midst of this horrendous event, God was still able to work good. Indeed, God was able to take the worst and most unjust event in human history and use it for the greatest thing to ever happen to humanity! The death of the innocent lamb paved the way for the bloodstained to be made clean again! That alone is abundant reason for rejoicing and praising our God.
So if God is able to produce the greatest victory out of the most terrible tragedy, we can rest in knowing that He can bring good out of our own troubles. We have hope, friends! What trial is causing you to doubt the goodness of God? Do you trust God to continue to be faithful and good, even in the midst of your hardship? Will you give Him the praise He deserves even if you never see what good may come from your trial?
By: Logan West — Pastoral Ministry Exposure Participant