My heart is broken as I read the news about what happened yesterday at Virginia Tech. So many questions remain to be answered. The hardest of those will be our attempts to understand why something like this has happened, why there is so much violence in the world and why we invoke such pain and suffering on our brothers and sisters? I ask myself, is there any hope for peace in a world as chaotic as ours?
As I sit quietly, attempting to answer these questions for myself, I am reminded of Easter Sunday, two weeks ago. The answers to my questions are directly related to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead just as he promised, I can be confident that God will remain faithful to the following promises:
- Jesus promises you eternal peace in the midst of temporal pain (John 14:27)
- Jesus promises you eternal security in the midst of temporal fear (Romans 8:38-39)
- Jesus promises you eternal life in the mist of temporal death (John 10:27-28)
- Jesus promises to return for you. This is our greatest hope. (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
The tragedy that took place yesterday is not one that you or I should lightly dismiss. It is a demonstration of humanity’s great need for Jesus Christ. As children of God, it is our duty to pray for the families and friends of those that were wounded and killed yesterday. It is our duty to visit them in the hospital, to send them letters of encouragement, and to share the love of Jesus with them. It is our duty to minister to them in their pain. Your hope in Jesus does not grant you the privilege to ask God “why” today, but rather, it gives you the freedom to ask him for his peace to be extended to a nation in chaos (Philippians 4:7).