“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a Man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him from the dead, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

Have you ever wondered, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We often look at tragedy and the finality of death and wrestle with how God could allow such a thing. Here in Scripture, we see the worst thing happening to the best person: Jesus, the perfect man, crucified—killed in the most humiliating way. Why would God allow such a thing? God is in the business of restoration. From the beginning, in the garden of Eden, He has started a restoration work. In Christ, His restoration work has been accomplished; the ending of death that scares us all has been defeated by Jesus, God Himself. By allowing the worst thing to happen to the best person, death no longer has to be the end of the story.

In the past few years, our considerably predictable, normal lives have all been shaken up. It has made us feel a lot of things: angry, scared, anxious, and so much more. Beloved, God’s restoration work is still not finished! In Christ, we see the ultimate restoring work accomplished so you and I can be restored to God as well. We no longer have to see death as the end or aim to make this life a perfect one. Jesus’s work does more than secure your eternity: it gives you hope right now when life feels chaotic. It brings joy in the midst of suffering and loss. It takes our greatest fear and gives us peace for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Consider today what Christ has done for you and what that means for this very moment. Take heart that even the darkest hour of humanity was used for the ultimate restoration work!

  • Have you ever felt anxiety or fear about death? How does it make you feel that God used such a miserable thing as death in His restoration work?
  • How does this passage bring you hope? How can you remind yourself of this hope and share it with someone else?

Pray and be honest with God about your fears and anxiety about our world. Thank Him that His restoration work goes beyond securing our eternity and gives us hope for today in our anxious moments.