2018-03-27 / Columns

Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

By Pastor Marv Root

In three short years Jesus rose from obscurity as a small town carpenter to excited acclaim from the crowds of Judea. His teaching was amazing, His miracles captivating and His healing power restored and changed lives.

Religious and political leaders watched Him suspiciously, challenged Him unsuccessfully and secretly conspired to have Him killed. One of His inner circle, Judas Iscariot, turned traitor, took a bribe from the power brokers and trapped Him in Gethsemane.

A hastily called trial, truth twisted by false accusers and a trek to the cross for execution appeared to bring the hopes of His followers to a tumultuous end. Before sundown on that fateful Good Friday, Jesus lay dead in a borrowed tomb.

The One who many believed was the promised Messiah, the very Son of God, died a criminal’s death. For them, it was the world’s greatest tragedy!

Imagine their shock to find the tomb empty early Sunday morning! Deep sorrow mingled with fear and suspicion as they wondered who had stolen His body. Picture their surprise to encounter their Risen Lord in the garden and late in their secret meeting place.

Jesus lovingly reminded them of His promise to quickly return from death to lead them into abundant and everlasting life. He helped them recall His teaching that the Messiah – the Savior – must die in order to be lifted up so that people everywhere could believe in Him.

When the reality of Jesus’ resurrection sank in to their minds and hearts through the promised presence and power of the Holy Spirit, which He gave them a few days later, they became the leadership core for the movement that “turned the world upside down” within about thirty years.

As the New Testament proclaims, history’s apparent greatest tragedy became the world’s greatest triumph. The Risen Christ still lives today in the hearts and lives of millions around the world. Daily His teaching and His miraculous power continue to change hearts, attitudes and lives.

Ponder the invitation of the hymn writer, who penned, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not die, but receive everlasting life.” John 3:16

Pastor Marv Root serves the Northeld Community Church and can be reached at 353-2443.

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