Piper Devotional 8 – The Glory of Rescuing Sinners, Not Removing Satan


Today’s journal entry on John Piper’s devotional book Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:23 – When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten.

In today’s politically charged society, there is constant discussion about social justice and injustice. We talk of things such as racism, sexism, child abuse and human trafficking. Possibly one of the greatest social injustices this world has ever seen was Jesus and his trial and crucifixion. One who had no sin and done no wrong (Hebrews 4:25), who at one time was hailed as KING and worshiped as so (Mark 11:8-10) was tried and found guilty of nothing yet was led like a lamb to the slaughterhouse to by mangled and destroyed (Isaiah 53:7). No one ever deserved suffering less, yet received so much. Today, there would be uproar for such event. There would be petitions and Facebook pages created. It would be all over Twitter and blogs and articles written about such abuse, discrimination, inequality, or mistreatment.

But I don’t think a movement would or could have stopped it. It was God ordained and served a great purpose for Jesus to beaten to such proportions and nailed, yes nailed as a sign to a signpost (Isaiah 53:10).  No amount of outcry would have brought Him down. No amount protest would have called the angels to deliver Him (Matthew 26:53). We can try to post blame either to the Jews or the Romans but the blame should be charged to God alone for He saw fit to destroy his son so that in turn, it would destroy sin’s power and death would relinquish it’s sting.

It may seem to us that the killing of Jesus was injustice but to God it was a loving thing so that His kingdom may be restored and we, his creation, may experience His goodness and be called righteous because of the perfect life and death that Jesus experienced (2 Corinthians 5:21).  This is the beauty of the cross. It is not palatable and should not be domesticated but revered as a rugged and afflictive place where the One gave His life that many may be redeemed. The beauty is found in the horror of it all.

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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