The Day Evil Committed Suicide
Our world is filled with evil. There are people who deny that evil is real, but we see evil all around us. We see unborn babies murdered, people mistreated, young girls sold into sex trafficking, and dictators slaying their own people. We see injustice all around us, but about 2,000 years ago, humans committed the greatest sin of all…and God decreed it.
I have just started reading Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ by John Piper, and I have been eating it up. There are few books that I get wrapped up in, but this is one of them. Piper begins his book with an introduction, and he has some very interesting things to say. What stood out to me the most, so far, is his brief introduction to the greatest evil that humanity has committed…the crucifixion of the holy Son of God. This is what Piper says:
The apex of the glory of Christ is the glory of his grace—treating people infinitely better than they deserve—giving himself for the everlasting joy of the worst of sinners who will have him as their highest Treasure. And the apex of this grace is the murder of the God-man outside Jerusalem around A.D. 33. The death of Jesus Christ was murder. It was the most spectacular sin ever committed. Piper, John (2008-09-12). Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ (Kindle Locations 132-135). Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.
I find it amazing that God would use murder to bring himself glory. Murder is one of the most evil sins anyone can commit. It robs a human-being of their humanity. It denies them the right to live. Murder is also a denial of God’s image on every person. But God decreed this act to bring himself the greatest amount of glory. Here are some passages that highlight that the death of Jesus’ was decreed before time began:
He [Jesus] was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you. -1 Peter 1:20
‘For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!’ -Luke 22:22
This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. -Acts 2:23
Clearly this act of evil was predestined by God. From the foundation of the world Jesus was going to come. The Son of Man had a path determined for him. Jesus was delivered to the cross by the hands of lawless men because God made a definite plan. God decreed evil. Not only that, God decreed evil to destroy evil. Here is another quote from Spectacular Sins:
God did not just overcome evil at the cross. He made evil serve the overcoming of evil. He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil. -(Kindle Locations 136-137).
God had an amazing, holy, and perfect plan to destroy evil, and he used evil to do it. At the cross evil committed suicide. And we can all thank God for that awesome and grace-filled sin.
Thanks for reading.