Unexpected tragedy has a hypnotic effect. You can’t take your eyes off it. You can’t stop thinking about it.
If it’s global, we watch hours of endless TV coverage. If it’s personal we lose sleep. And our appetite.
Until we begin, little by little, to turn our attention to the cross. Calvary is the worst tragedy ever. Children hear about Jesus, and His wonderful life, and when told of His death they ask “Why?”
It’s an unlikely conclusion. It shoves “happily ever after” out of its way.
And Calvary is the tragedy that we can put in the place of all other tragedies. It releases me from the trance. That is because the cross-tragedy has triumph connected.
The cross stands in the shadow of the resurrection.
“…that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:5)