Today’s devotion is based on Acts 2:36, “Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Peter does not sugar-coat his message. Twice in the sermon, he tells the crowd they are responsible for crucifying and killing Jesus. He stresses that God demonstrated who Jesus was through his ‘deeds of power, wonders and signs’ (verse 22). And yet, they still killed him. He is the one through whom all things came into being and who came out of love for the world. Yet when we human beings could get our hands on him, we killed him. The murder of the innocent Son of God is an act of pure evil on the part of humanity. But through this and from this, God brought resurrection, life, forgiveness, and salvation. God brings good from evil.
The evil and suffering in the world are very real. Perhaps there are things in your life right now that make it hard to go on. God does not promise to take it all away, but he promises he is always at work to bring good from the terrible things that happen in this broken world. As a baptized child of God, your life is now incorporated into the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. This means God is always bringing resurrection and life from the effects of sin and death.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, while we long for the ending of the evil and suffering in this world, we know that you are in control of all things. Help us by your Spirit to look in faith to our crucified and risen Lord Jesus as we face trials in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.