32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the King of the Jews.
Our picture of the right outcome in any situation is not always God’s picture. How amazing is His love for us that He could watch Jesus going through this. Jesus too – He could have gotten down from the cross but He chose to stick it out to save each and every one of us.
So often we have people around us saying – if God is real then this is how the situation should turn out – when it doesn’t they ask how we can continue to believe in God. God is so much bigger than just making things turn out well – how we want them too. His picture has so much more to it than we can imagine.
I want a BIG God who has more than just my comfort and happiness in mind. I want a God who does the hard things because they are the right things. I want a God that stands up for the oppressed, who brings mercy, grace, love and peace to life, who loves each of us so much that He did the most difficult thing so that we could still be His friends.
Praise Him – that is who we have.
Written by Therese Manning