But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” (Matthew 27:23)
You look around at the lives of prominent Christians
and wonder, is this all there is to look forward to? Abundant life turns out to be for Stephen a lynch mob with stones instead of a rope, for Helen Keller a lifetime of silence and darkness, for Medgar Evers a bullet in the back. What shall we make of it? Those who choose to die with Jesus on Good Friday cannot know beforehand what the fulfillment will be like. We just have to take His promises on His terms and let God be God.
Be challenged by Romans
Romans doesn’t let us sit still. In Romans, Paul talks about the obligation we are under to spread the truth of the Gospel and to engage with the culture around us. He talks about the journey we must make after we accept the God’s gift of salvation. We are called to leave our comfortable and easy corners and spread the message of Christ’s sacrifice to everyone around us, because we have been freely justified!