A Connecticut Tragedy... A World Mourns... We Ask Why...

Today, we have witnessed a horrific tragedy, a tragedy which has taken place closer to home than I ever can recall, whether it is 3,000 miles away or one which takes place locally just 55 miles as this one it should make no difference.  It is pain in which no parent, or person should have to endure, yet it does. Many of us will ask why, why is this allowed to happen?

 That “why” question goes back so many many years of years. For thousands of years... It was asked in the Old Testament by Job and the Psalms, and even during the 20th and 21st century’s, where we saw so many wars, the Holocaust, genocides in the Soviet Union and China, there have been famines there was 9/11 , there is the Syrian slaughters, Why do bad things happen to good people?

 If you haven’t asked this question lately, this “why” question usually comes about when a tragedy such as this happens, whether close or far. We ask why such evil things happen in the world. How can God allow such things to happen? There are evil people. There are sick individuals.

 Let me tell you... Jesus did not hide the fact that bad things will happen. He said in John “16:33” “ In the world ye shall have tribulation" He was honest and straight forward with the people of the time, and for us. He didn’t say it “might happen” He said it is going to happen.

 But, we ask why? Why God? Why is this allowed to happen? The only true answer that I can say is - “I do not know”  I cannot pretend to say I know the answer, or to say I also am not completely baffled as to why a young man would to this to children… I just don’t know.

Will we ever get to know full answer in this world? Someday we’ll see with clarity,  for now we have to trust in The Lord. We just can’t comprehend everything from limited human perspective. The people in pain from the Newtown tragedy don’t need a deep theological reason right now; any reason  is going to seem and inadequate and unneeded. What these families really need now is the comforting presence of Jesus Christ in their lives.

 Remember what Jesus said completely in John 16:33.  “ I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. But be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

 He is telling us , Two things we need when we’re hurting: peace to deal with our situation  and courage to deal with our future. Why and how? Because he has conquered the world!

 Through His own suffering and death, He has deprived this world of its ultimate power over you. Suffering doesn’t have the last word anymore. Death doesn’t have the last word anymore. God has the last word!

So when tragedy strikes,when suffering comes, when you’re wrestling with pain,  – as jesus tells us we will, and when you make the choice to run into His arms, you’re going to find  peace to deal with the present, you're going to find courage to deal with your future, and you will most surely find the promise of eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

All of us will go through pain and suffering. Remember todays tragedy that took place today. Many things leave us confused, but it shows us one of the truths about life... It is so fragile and short.

 These kids and teachers just went to school today! They had no clue that this might be their last moments in this world.

My brothers and sisters this is a sin-filled world, we never know when death will come knocking at our door, Most times we don’t get any warning.. a heart attack, a car accident, a hurricane as Katrina  or Sandy ...  And so I’m  left to ask you is this question – “Are you ready?”

First John 5:13:  These things I’ve written unto you that believe on the name of the the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God

God doesn’t want you in a constant state of wondering.  He doesn’t want you worried over whether you’re headed for heaven. His Word says you can know for sure.

Don’t think that because you come to church or you’ve gone pray to some sort of  idol through another religious ritual in the past. The Bible is clear that we can be religious but not be in a relationship with God. Church or good works never saved anyone. Your good works and deeds won’t get you there. 

Salvation comes from knowing Christ personally and receiving Him, for your sin and your future. It comes from making him Your Lord and Savior, by asking Him to forgive Your every sin, and by asking Him to be the head of your life.

 That does not happen automatically. It doesn’t come by attending a church, or being baptized or taking communion, or by having Christian friends. It comes from deciding for your self..  that you want to turn from your sin, to stop trusting in your own abilities  and to accept the forgiveness and eternal life that Jesus paid for us on on the cross and He is offering you as a free gift. That is how you gain peace and confidence through God.

So get it set now! fix this today, right now, so that if tragedy were to strike, your eternity with God would be Locked in, by the grace of God. I don’t know how God is going to draw some good from this Newtown, CT situation, but i trust in the Lord, i do know  He is always there, maybe He is starting right now, with you personally, and using this event and this post to bring you into His kingdom at this very moment? Let the pain of these people's  tragedy to open your heart to Christ. Let’s take what was intended for evil and let God create something good from it.

Go home and pray with your children, pray with your spouse… Pray for the families that are suffering. Pray for yourself. By faith and belief you will set your course for eternity. And you will know for sure.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8

 Minster Stephen Birch

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