The Greatest Evil for the Greatest Good

Posted on April 21, 2013

romans828Even in the greatest of evils, all things work together for good for those who are in Christ. Whether it is the Boston bombing, 9/11, Sandy Hook, the Jewish holocaust, or the American holocaust (abortion), God works all these things for our good. Romans 8:28 says,

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Yes, the aforementioned evils are great evils, but what is the greatest of all evil? That Christ was crucified by evil men. Yet, even and necessarily was this worked for the good of those who have been called by Him, for Him. Acts 4:24-28 tells us,

And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—

for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Beloved, there was no greater evil that has ever taken place, nor ever will take place, than evil men murdering the innocent, anointed, holy, and righteous Christ Jesus. Yet, there has never been so great a good worked for mankind than the One who was murdered by man and crushed by His own Father to take away the sins of the world. This was the plan of God from the beginning.

No greater good worked from the greatest of evil is available to man than the death and resurrection of the God-man Christ Jesus. He was bruised and afflicted for our transgression, punished for our iniquity, died for our reconciliation to God, raised from the dead for our justification, and now lives and reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords.

If you know not this greatest of good, consider the greatest of evil purposed for the glory of God, the price that had to be paid so that sinners just like you and me would be forgiven and receive eternal life.

Oh that you would not put salvation off any longer, but come to the One who calls you by name, to turn from your sins and put on Christ. For it is only in Him that you have any hope, and it is only in Him that your crimes against our Holy God are forgiven.

Or, He knows not your name, and you will continue to harden your heart and commit the second greatest act of evil known to man, and that is continued rebellion against the merciful King Jesus. God, too, will glorify Himself and work that to the good of His people as the smoke of your torment rises from the pit of hell to glorify the Lamb of God, and the saints will glorify in Him who is just.

Oh that you would come to Christ and live, dear friend, and know your God. Cast yourself on Him, and He will not turn you away.

Jesus, His name is Jesus, and He is worthy for you to come to Him. Just come.

Posted in: Salvation, The Gospel