Read: Mark 15:33-39
Today’s world does not tolerate failures of any kind. Those who have failed may forever have that stigma upon them. The account of Jesus’ death in Mark’s gospel is a painful record of what appears to be a total failure. An illegal trial, a brutal crucifixion, hurting taunts, a hurried burial. And for those three days, the disciples did not have any hope.
A. W. Tozer comments how failure in the eyes of the world may be success in God’s eyes. He said, “The current mania of people seeking to succeed in the world is a good thing perverted. The desire to fulfil the purpose for which we were created is, of course, a gift from God. But sin has twisted this impulse about and turned it into a selfish lust for first place and top honours. When we come to Christ, we enter a different realm, one infinitely higher than and altogether contrary to that of the world. Our Lord died an apparent failure, discredited by the leaders of established religion, rejected by society, and forsaken by His friends. It took the resurrection to demonstrate how gloriously Christ had triumphed and how tragically the world had failed. The resurrection demonstrated once and for all who won and who lost.”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest success story, for apparent tragedy was transformed into eternal triumph. That is good news. But there is more to it. Christ’s resurrection makes it possible for Christians to live in a new realm. Paul the apostle said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). In fact, this is the exciting Christian life in which Jesus lives and walks with His children every day.