Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Problem of Evil at the Foot of the Cross

(by Rick Holland)

The impending crucifixion of the Son of God constituted the greatest evil and injustice ever committed. But there was more going on than met the eye. What Jesus revealed to Pilate was that all the perpetrators, conspirators, and evildoers ultimately act under the authority of God. So what was God doing in this horrific event? John Piper answers, “At the all-important pivot of human history, the worst sin ever committed served to show the greatest glory of Christ and obtain the sin-conquering gift of God’s grace. God did not just overcome evil at the cross. He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil” (John Piper, Spectacular Sins, 12). Any form of evil, every pain, all sorrow, every degree of suffering, each injustice, all sickness, every disease, and any “bad thing” including death lost its sting at the cross (cf. 1 Cor. 15:54–57).

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