It is easy to get discouraged. It is easy to lose hope. The world seems to be moving in such a direction that you just begin to ask where God is. Where is God when a gunman murders an entire class of kindergartners? It just seems to feel hopeless.
This morning I flipped from station to station on my radio just looking to avoid soaking in the pain of the recent week. From the moment I heard the news I had a pain in my stomach that just couldn’t be calmed. In my commute, I could not find a place of distraction, everyone is thinking the same thing, how could a man be so brutal?
As I opened my bible to study for this coming Sunday’s message, God spoke to me. From the book of John, God said, “In him (Jesus) was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
There is hope. I know that scripture never promises a life without hurt. It never promises that evil men won’t continue to act on their sinful desires and hurt those in their way. It never promises those things, because we live in a world under the domain of sin and death. The more sin is allowed into a society, the greater the amount of death that that society will feel. Is God causing that death, absolutely not. What is causing the pain and hopelessness that he have today? The cause is that sin produces death.
There is hope. Scripture clearly paints a picture of this world as a world in darkness. Jesus Christ has been given to die in our place absorbing the death that we deserve. The hope that we find in the gospel is that death does not win. We will all have to taste the sting of death here on this earth, but death cannot hold us, because it could not hold Jesus Christ. One day Jesus is going to come back and raise all men who belong to him. We have hope, because death does not win, we will rise with Jesus Christ.
The light has shown into the darkness, and I guarantee you, the darkness cannot overcome it.