Message From Matt | February 15, 2018

 

Here we go again!
 
Valentine’s Day is normally a day of love, but yesterday in Parkland, Florida it was a day of horror instead.  I am sure that all of you by now have seen the awful news about 19 year
old Nikolas Cruz going to his former high school, Marjory Stonemason Douglas, and killing 17 adults and teenagers and wounding a dozen or so more.  It seems these events are happening more and more often and although a tendency to grow numb to this type of news exists at some level, it still shocks, sickens, and saddens me every time I see a tragedy take place.  Like you, my prayers are with all of the family and friends of those killed, wounded and emotionally scarred!

I know that most in our country are disgusted by what has taken place in Parkland and many in politics and media are already using it to promote their ideas on mental health, gun control, security in schools and other topics.  Although I won’t give my “two cents worth” of commentary on these topics in this email, I will say that listening to the differing views on talk radio or TV, especially on the topic of gun control, leads me to think that most want peace but have differing views on how to get there.  I guess having a difference of opinion on these topics is normal, but this debate seems to keep raging, and as events like yesterday continue to take place, I’m sure the contention will get more intense.  

With that said and as the wickedness of man seems to get worse and the peace of our world seems to slip farther and farther away from reality, there are some things that all of us who name Jesus Christ as our Saviour can look forward to!  We can and should look forward to the rapture of the church (Jesus coming for us), the 2nd coming of Jesus (Jesus coming with us), the 1,000 year Kingdom (with Jesus and ruling with Him), and eternity after that with Jesus!  These truths help me when events like yesterday take place!  Knowing that the godless acts of our world will one day come to an end puts my mind in a proper perspective, and because of the reality of an eternity of living in peace with Christ, I know there will be no more sadness, tears, pain or agony.  

To put things in even more perspective, let me remind you of these truths:

  • Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) who is a murderer and liar (John 8:44) who steals, kills and destroys (John 10:10) whose end will be an eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10)
  • Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), The Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20), the Son of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2), The Shepherd (Isaiah 40:10-11), The King of Kings (Revelation 17:14), the Lord of Lords (Revelations 19:16), The Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6), the Everlasting Father (John 1:1-3), the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6), the One who gives abundant life (John 10:10), a God that cannot lie (Titus 1:2), The author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the Bread of Life (John 6:35), the Deliverer (1 Thessalonians 1:10), the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14), the Lamb of God (John 1:29), the Messiah (John 1:41), the Risen Lord (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) and so much more!!

Knowing these truths and the fact that Jesus will be returning for us again gives me hope!  Knowing that Jesus is the only One that can give peace drives me even more to want to share the life and hope- giving gospel of Christ to more people!  The horrific events from yesterday are another reminder of several things:

  1. It reminds me that the world needs Jesus!  
  2. That apart from knowing Jesus there is no peace! 
  3. That things will get worse until Jesus returns!  
  4. That for the Christian, we have the Word of God, the Holy Spirit,  the gift of eternal life with Jesus, and the fellowship of other believers to help us in this present world!

Tonight tell your spouse, kids, grandkids, family and friends that you love them and hug them tight! Tell your unsaved friends and family about Jesus and the hope that comes from Him!  Finally, let’s watch for Jesus’ return!

Matt Roller