Hope in Omaha

In case the wound from Wednesday was not fresh enough, four people were shot yesterday in Colorado. Again a shooter commits suicide, this time taking three with him. This is not the first time there has been a shooting, a killing, unexplained violence, or seeming random death of innocents. As horrible as these events are, this will not be the last time either. What is the Christian answer to these shootings? What does the Bible have to say? Is there anything more of mercy or help than simply preaching repentance?

Paul says to the Thessalonian church that there is something unique about how Christians handle death, “…we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” (1 Thess. 4:13 ESV) What is the nature of faith? “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1 ESV) To repent and believe in Christ is to have a hope beyond this day and this body. Christ said more than once that we should not fear those who can take our life, but the One who holds eternity. Do you realize that every promise of God has it’s yes in Jesus? (2 Cor. 1:20)

There is some sense in which every one of us knows God’s mercy. Certainly our life is not always what we would like. But if we got what we deserve as sinners before a holy God, we would not have even a day of life on earth. From the moment we draw our first breath, to our dying gasp, we have life because Jesus died at Calvary to save sinners. He purchased mercy for all there. What’s even more important is God’s grace! Jesus died so sinners would realize God’s mercy, turn from their sin, and embrace Jesus for today and all eternity.

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