Many years ago, I learned an important concept from the scriptures. I learned that God can use evil for good. The passage that confirms this is found in what Joseph spoke to his brothers who had sold him into slavery. Genesis 50:19 & 20, But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
When we think of the cross, that evil place of torture, humility, and death, we see God’s hand at work. For the finite human mind, God’s ways are amazing, unexpected, unique, and often unfathomable. Who has understood the mind of the Lord (Isaiah 40:13)? Yet Jesus’ death on the cross was the ultimate event in the history of mankind. God brought great good out of evil intent.
At the foot of the cross every man, woman, and child can find the gift of God – eternal life. There we find forgiveness, the greatest expression of love, and peace. This is why we call next Friday Good Friday.