I've been reading Easter Stories: Classical Tales for the Holy Season which is a compilation of stories by different authors. In an excerpt from Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace, I came upon this one. Jesus has just passed by Ben-Hur, on His way to the cross. Ben-Hur has several men who are willing to fight with him to overthrow Rome, and he has the chance to save Jesus before he is crucified.
The sovereign moment of his life was upon Ben-Hur. Could he have taken the offer and said the word, history might have been other than it is; but then it would have been history ordered by men, not God -- something that never was, and never will be. (p. 125)There are many things in history that we wish hadn't happened: the Holocaust, the Spanish Inquisition, the beheadings of Christians by ISIS. And if we had the choice, maybe we would choose for them not to happen. If we did that, however, history would be by our making, not God's, and do we really know what's best for the whole world? If someone had intervened in Christ's suffering and dying, so that it didn't happen, where would we be? I don't know. It's incomprehensible. But I do know that God's way is the best way, and all I can do is trust Him through it. Look at the beauty of salvation that comes to us because of the horrors of the cross! What good came from the Holocaust and other atrocities? I don't know exactly, but I do know that good was a result because God works everything for our good and His glory.
If you could change the past, would you? What would you change?