This week we’ll be deviating from the usual topic schedule slightly in anticipation of Easter on Sunday and this being Holy Week. I was reading my emails today and up popped a blog post with a phrase just about every Christian has heard before. Sometimes when we hear it we roll our eyes or feel tempted to, sometimes hearing it frustrates us, and other times we’re thankful for the reminder. The saying?
“God is Good All the Time”
In considering Holy Week I thought this was an important topic for us to talk about. Yes, Holy Week happened because of how good/generous/loving God is, but I know I have a hard time connecting the pain and suffering that Jesus went through with “good”. I also have trouble with this topic thinking about all the suffering and hate in the world. Can God really be good all the time if there’s this much pain? The technical answer is yes, God is God, He can be good all the time. It’s hard for us to understand how a “good” God can let us go through what we do though.
Is it technically our fault that Jesus suffered as He did and we suffer as we do, yes, it is. But that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it or intentionally choose to torture myself with suffering. Bad doesn’t have to be the in and out and up and down of my life. So how can we see God’s goodness through something as difficult as a crucifixion?
We may not see it in the crucifixion, but we do see it in the hope that is presented through Easter Sunday and the Resurrection. Many people have questioned as to why the cross has become the recognizable symbol for the church rather than one that’s more in line with a positive message. One reason is that the cross certainly is a recognizable icon while something that represents the tomb would look more like a piece of jewelry or just a rock. The cross is also a beginning, it’s the beginning of hope for everyone who believes, but that hope is only fulfilled by the resurrection. In a way the cross is a reminder of how life is, that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but that we need the rain and rest times too.
So as we begin Maundy Thursday and head into Good Friday, if you’re dealing with some dark nights here as Jesus was so many years ago, I encourage you to keep pushing through, God doesn’t give up on His people and does have an amazing hope and future planned for you.