As I was driving to meet my running group this morning, I scanned the radio channels until I came to Fox News on Sirius radio. It was a little after 4:30am and the show was consumed with the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado. It made me think. Here were a lot of people who just wanted to catch the very first showing of The Dark Knight Rises. They just went to a movie. A Batman movie! How dangerous can that be? With evil people on this earth, it can apparently be pretty dangerous. Anything can be dangerous. You never know when one of these wackos will strike.
We may never know what possessed James Holmes to do what he did. One thing we do know is that he allowed Satan to influence him to perpetrate an act of pure evil. It seems to me that this was something he planned. What can go through someone’s mind that they would carry out something like this? It is such a sad story about a senseless act of violence.
It did get me thinking. Do you think any of the dozen people who died during the incident had any idea what lay ahead of them when they went to the theater? Actually, none of them probably did or they would have stayed home. You see, we don’t know when it will be our time. Most of us probably live like we’ll be here forever. I believe that’s a dangerous way to live. I need to more aware of the fact that today is all I have. Yesterday is over. What happened then can’t be changed. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. If God gives me tomorrow, it is my responsibility to not squander it. Really the only time I know I have is today. Here and now. What will I choose to do with the gift of today?
I hope that I can look back at the end of each day and realize that, more often than not, I lived that day in a way that points others to God. When it’s all said and done, that is all that really matters.
Too many times, what we see is the evil in the world. Why is that? I believe it is because evil is everywhere in this earth. For the time being, Satan is the ruler of the earth. That is only for a limited time. One day, Jesus will return. The first time He came, about 2,000 years ago, He came as a humble servant to be the sacrifice for our sin. Without His sacrifice, none of us could receive forgiveness for our sin and be reconciled with an Almighty God. Because He came and lived among us without ever doing anything wrong, He was able to die a brutal death on a cross and pay the penalty for our sin. His sacrifice paid a debt each of us owed but could never repay. Although He died, He only spent three days in the grave overcoming death and hell. On the third day, He rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of God to this day.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:6-11 ESV)
Why is this important? It’s important because it tells us that evil may appear to win when we see things like what happened in Aurora. Because of the sin Adam committed in Genesis 3, we live in a flawed and fallen world. The good news is that is only a temporary situation. The day will come when Jesus returns as the reigning King. He will toss Satan and his demons into hell. Yes, that’s right. I’ve read the last chapter and Satan loses even if it looks like he is winning far too much right now. In the end, he loses and loses big time!
It may be sad and somewhat disheartening to see evil like what we saw last night, but we do have something to look forward to if we have placed our trust in Jesus Christ. If you haven’t put your faith in the saving power of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, I encourage to do that today. If you do, evil will not win the war even if it does appear to win the occasional battle.
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
(Romans 10:9-13 ESV)