Last year we witnessed something that is all to common as twenty first-graders and six educators were killed by Adam Lanza, who then shot himself. I remember sitting on my couch shortly after having surgery and watching the events unfold before us. So many questions. Where was God? Why do bad things happen to good people? How is this fair? As I thought through the things in my mind I posted this to my social media:
“With the tragic news today in Newtown, CT a man in China stabbed 22 elementary students. This is not an American problem, this is not a gun problem, this is not a time to promote your political agenda, it is a sin problem. Evil exist, and the enemy comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10). This world is depraved, evil, and hurting. Let it know someone has come to save it. Tell the world about Jesus.”
Sin is Real
I believe this still to be true. God was there in Newtown, he was in absolute control and nothing occurred without His permission due to His Sovereignty. That is comforting to me, that in the midst of chaos and tragedy God sits on the throne in control. What would horrify me is if these events occurred and God was not in control, that is terrifying. Still, sin is a everyday reality much like death. Sin brings death and has ever since the fall in Genesis 3. Sin will not stop until Jesus comes and makes all things new. So until that day we cling to Him and we tell the world that only He can save.
Humanity is Evil
We keep in mind none of us are exempt from death, or even good (Romans 3:10). Instead we are separated from God until we are reconciled back to Him through faith in Jesus. Bad things do not happen to good people, because no person is good. In the history of the world there has only been one good person and they crucified him.
God is Fair
Christ came as the God-man and rightfully took our place. So when these events happen we might have a home with him eternally. We are not exempt of this evil in the world, but we can have the guarantee of salvation. God is too fair. Jesus hung on a treat so he could intercede to the Father on our behalf. So he could tell the Father my blood covers that. My hope is not in this world, that these events will end, or that people will become good. None of that will happen, my hope is in the life and death of Jesus Christ which is credited to me as righteousness.
Let us see Jesus through Newtown, let us proclaim Jesus because of Newtown. The only comfort, peace, and guarantee we will ever truly possess and know on this earth.
John Piper penned this from his blog at Desiring God:
Newtown, we remember. We still feel. We pray that Jesus Christ will come to your homes this Christmas. There is none like him for healing. None. Because he was
Perfected through suffering. (Hebrews 2:10)
Despised and rejected. (Isaiah 53:3)
Ready to be wounded. (Isaiah 53:5)
Enduring anguish. (Isaiah 53:11)
Poured out in death. (Isaiah 53:12)
Raised to help. (Romans 14:7–9)
No one suffered more. And his was a gift. The greatest Christmas gift ever. It really is a gift. Free.
No one else can feel what he has felt. No one else can love like he can love. No one else can heal like he can heal. No one else can save like he can save