Written by Jonah Albrecht / April 2017
Turn on the news and chances are you will see an all too familiar headline: High School shooting: 12 people murdered 21 wounded, 3 year old dies in road rage incident, or Man kills his family before killing himself. All of these are real events that have affected real people. No one likes to see these things happen, but because of this world infected with sin, they do.
Death surrounds us daily. Most of the time it is death by disease or old age, but we always seem to hear more about the deaths that are tragic and horrifying. We have many reasons to thank God that He has protected us and that He watches over us without fail. Psalm 121:7-8: “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
If God gives us that promise then why do these tragic things keep happening? Well, the answer is sin. Death entered this world as a result of sin. And as long as sin is in this world there will be death, and there will be these horrific acts of murder and terror. Even if these events happen on our doorstep, we still have absolutely no reason to be afraid.
Jesus rising from the dead was not just to show that Jesus was alive, but it was to guarantee that the passage from death to life is now for all.
Peter explains why in 1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” God had a plan from the very first sin, from the introduction of death into the world. A plan to deliver all mankind from the ramifications of sin. God foretold this plan through over 2,000 prophecies describing Who the Promise was, what He would do and when He would come. And come He did. At the perfect time in history, Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” God’s plan was actively being fulfilled by Jesus Christ. Jesus did everything that was required of Him and took our place on the cross. Jesus died on the cross carrying the sins of the whole world from the beginning of time to the end of time. He completed every prophecy that was a sign of who He was to be. God’s plan was almost complete. Three days later, Jesus finalized the completion of that plan and fulfilled God’s promise that was echoed throughout the Old Testament.
Jesus rising from the dead was not just to show that Jesus was alive, but it was to guarantee that the passage from death to life is now for all. Romans 6:8-11, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God made His first promise to us when He gave us the promise of a Savior. Now He gives us another promise. The promise of full redemption and sanctification through Jesus Christ our Lord. The promise which adopts us as God’s own special children.
When we watch the news and see these acts of evil there are a few things we should remember. 1. Pray. Pray for those who are victims of this evil, and pray that they find comfort through their Savior Jesus Christ. 2. Fear not. We have the promise of a God who never fails and never forgets. We have the great privilege to confess with the Apostle Paul: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Death and tragedy will always surround us on this earth. But God will be by our side protecting us until the day of the Last Resurrection when He takes us to be with Him, when He takes us home.