In a few days we will have the third Sunday after Easter. It amazes me that we are already at this point of the year. It could be that I get so busy that I don’t take in the sunshine and enjoy it. Oh wait – where has the sunshine been? It seems like winter just doesn’t want to give up this season.
Some of us have looked to Punxsutawney Phil and say, “Hey! It’s not fair, we want spring!” Especially with snow still in weather conversations. We see in small ways and big ways that life isn’t fair. We see this as we think of what Jesus went though, culminating is His death.
Luke 23:46 tells us, “Jesus called out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When He said this, He breathed His last.” When it comes to earthly logic we would come to the conclusion that that was the end of it for Jesus. Life wasn’t fair. Life gave Him lemons and squirted the juice in His eye. No more challenging the religious leaders of his day. No more challenging the status quo. No more trouble for the ruling authorities. Yet we know the rest of the story. Luke 24: 6 has this to share, “He is not here; He has risen!”
It would have seemed on Good Friday that Jesus’ enemies had won the day. For us, there is a good side to life not being fair. It’s all in who you know. Jesus showed apparent defeat to be part of a larger plan that included total victory. Newsboys published a song called It’s All Who You Know and the chorus went like this, “After the climb, after time turns designs to despair, It is good, Nothing's fair, It's all who you know”.
Today, I would encourage you to remember that nothing’s fair. Usually that is a negative thing with everything seeming to work against you. Turn this around and you have Romans 8:28, “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”. Mondays will still be Mondays, and more than likely we’ll still be working for the weekend. Through all that God has not abandoned His creation and continues to work to bring all to redemption. Easter’s story puts an exclamation mark on God’s declaration, “I love you!”