Today’s Scripture: John 19
I try to be an optimist. I don’t ignore the bad and believe everything is always sunshine and rainbows. But I do think we can learn to find peace in the storm. Part of that peace comes from realizing God has a plan even when evil works against us. When life seems to be too hard, we need a reminder that God still has a plan. For me, the cross is that reminder. It’s easy for some to get lost in the suffering that Jesus went through and focus only on the great lengths of evil that Satan and some men went to in order to stop Christ.
John 19: 17-18 (NIV)
17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
The crucifixion of Jesus was the worst act of humankind, but the perpetrators behind it never knew they were carrying out God’s plan. They didn’t understand how far God was willing to go to save all of us, but Jesus understood very well. He carried all of our sins on his back, and his body became the surrogate sin for everyone. The journey toward the crucifixion was the ultimate storm, but the end was peace.
John 19: 28-30 (NIV)
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Knowing that Jesus died bowing his head in peace instead of hanging it in defeat makes it easier for me to find peace in and after my storms.
Do you struggle to find peace during your storms? What reminds you of God’s plan?
Read your Bible to understand further that the cross wasn’t a gross miscarriage of justice.
Jesus, thank you for the sacrifice you made for all of us. Help us to strengthen our faith so that we may navigate through the storms of life. Focus our eyes and ears so that we may see the light and hear the truth of God’s Word. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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