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Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

02.15.18 | Articles | by Ken Werlein

    Faithbridgers and Friends, 

    In our world so full of ongoing violence and tragedies, my soul feels numb to most news nowadays.  But yesterday’s event in the Florida high school broke through and shook me at the core.  
    While watching politicians and pundits banter on about potential solutions, I picture Satan lurking in the shadows, smirking.  I sense him smirking because the pundits never give credit where the credit is due – to the real culprit, Satan – the father lies and the author of evil.  Peter reminds us:  “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (1 Peter 5:8).
    What happened yesterday is wicked, evil, and demonic.  But it’s nothing new.  What we saw yesterday has been going on since Cain murdered his brother Abel outside the Garden of Eden, back in Genesis 4.  
    Ever since sin entered our world, evil has plagued humanity.  We distract ourselves from this truth, most of the time.  But then a massacre like yesterday jolts us back into reality.  
    But for this we have Jesus!  We need a Savior – and we have a Savior!  Ponder His words in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly!”
    Jesus came to turn over the tables of sin, death and destruction – in order to bring about a new kingdom.  In essence, He started a new sort of revolution – but not the sort of revolution politicians would love to drum up today.  Jesus’ revolution is arevolution of love.  
    Real and lasting change comes only in realizing that our great God loved us enough to enter into this fallen world as a man and live the sinless life of perfection none of us would ever live .– so that He could die the death of punishment all of us deserved – in order to conquer the grave that all of us fear. 
    Nothing shy of this amazing good news will ever change the heart of humanity. 
    So as we grieve over Florida’s massacre, let’s not forget that we (who have the Gospel) do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).  Instead, we grieve as those whose souls cannot be ultimately emptied of the life and joy and love and hope that comes through the assurance of life eternal through Jesus, our Lord.
    Come Sunday!  I want to see you here – for our souls need the Gospel (good news), once again!  And Paul has just the right word for us, in his words to Philippians.  I’m looking forward to studying it with you. 
    With prayers for grace, peace, and joy –
    Your brother,