Handling bad news
“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree,”
Peter and many people were witnesses of the good that Jesus did. They saw and heard things, incredible things that they would never forget, spoken and done by this Jesus. Peter then with scant detail (like he purposely didn’t want to talk about it) says he was killed by being placed on a tree (or a trunk of wood which is what it means).
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Here we are seeing this question being needed in this reading today.
You may have at some point asked that same question and if not then in the future you will.
The important thing is not to be able to answer it but to be able to be still standing with faith, still witnessing of the power of Christ, post-bad news story.
You will look back on the bad news.
And when you do, you won’t be majoring on the event but in all the good of the story.
“He died, the disease took him. But I remember all the good that he did.”
“She suddenly died, we weren’t expecting it. But we are so thankful for her life, she touched so many.”
Honour the life above the death. There are many vultures around death trying to get the attention and the glory. But keep celebrating life, focus on the good, the bad only makes the good even more illuminating!