Brussels, Byron, Burlington Mills, and Beulah Land
I have never been more dissatisfied with the things of this world than I am this week. On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 the hatred my soul has towards sin intensified. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way, with most news being so negative each and every day, but let me recount my day:
Terror – Brussels (Morning):
Our nation is mourning with Belgium after 31 innocent people lost their lives, and 300 people were injured, physically, and countless others emotionally after a handful of suicide bombers invaded the Brussels Airport and nearby Metro Station.
Death – Byron (Noon):
Shorty after standing in shock because of the events in Brussels, my heart was pulled in a different direction: My Aunt went home to be with the Lord. After driving hundreds of miles with my wife and three kids, we made it to my aunt’s home where we gathered with family and friends. After flipping through scrapbooks I pulled out my phone only to learn of yet more tragic news. It was there that I read about a horrific automobile accident just a few miles from my house at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Burlington Mills.
Tragedy – Burlington Mills/Capital Boulevard (Evening):
A new church member had left me a voicemail and had asked me to call him quickly. I did. He had just learned that his bride was tragically killed in that horrific accident. I cried with him on the phone. We talked, we celebrated, we mourned, we were silent, and we prayed.
My heart was crushed. But, the hope and promise of the Cross continues to provide where the world constantly fails and this Easter season there are three things we can all take comfort in:
- There’s no hope apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that the only hope we have is in the physical, bodily resurrection of King Jesus. Think about it – our faith doesn’t make sense if there is not eternity. Our soul longs for eternity. Our hope is found in the reality that this dark, bleak, and depressing world is not all there is to life. We find great hope in knowing that there is more to this than simply what we see on the news every day, namely eternity with God forever. However, if Jesus did not raise from the dead, all hope is lost and there is nothing we can do about it.
- We, as Christians, have a future hope because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is not a figment of our imagination. It is not a myth or fairytale. It is a reality. Therefore, since the resurrection of Jesus did happen we know that there is a future hope for us all. Those who are followers of God and have surrendered their lives to His Lordship are offered a future hope in eternity with the one, true King.
- We, as Christians, have a present hope of peace, rest, and security because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus we have a present hope (here on earth) because we know that this life we live is under the rule of King Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul makes it clear that once Jesus Christ defeated death by way of the cross and His glorious resurrection, He now reigns supremely as Sovereign King. Therefore, nothing that happens is permitted apart from His stamp of approval. We may not understand everything that happens in this life; however, we can be confident in this, Jesus is in control. This reality should provide the Christian hope in the midst of tragedy and difficult circumstance. We can have peace, rest, and security in knowing that the hands of God are ruling and reigning over us.
The circumstances of life can be overwhelming at times. The enemy works hard to paralyze us by thinking God is less than good. But, as we know, Christ provides us hope through the truth of His resurrection, which provides us a future and present hope to get through the difficult times of this world. Let us be thankful for the hope we have in Jesus. This hope allows us to sing, “Beulah Land…”