The Fall, the Cross and the Second Coming

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  ~ Ps. 119:105

Life is a series of events and experiences.  We are born, we grow, we learn things, we cultivate relationships, we try to figure out what we want to do and who we are, and eventually we die. 

In school we are taught about a variety of things that are supposed to help us in life.  We learn to read, learn how to communicate, learn about history and math and how to get along with others, or avoid being hurt by them.   But never do they answer the deeper questions of meaning.  Schools do well at showing young people how messed up the world is, but where are the answers?

Likewise, the media feeds us yet more news that tends to make us uneasy, confounded, disturbed and often feel powerless.

It becomes self-evident that we live in a world that is not the way it is supposed to be.  News stories of catastrophes and of violence in our communities can make us anxious or sad. Tsunamis, hurricanes, threats of terror or nuclear holocaust can deeply unsettle us.  Schools and the media excel at showing us things to be afraid of. 

Add into this mix the politicizing of every facet of life so that people don’t even know where to shop any more, or whether it’s right or wrong to have a pet, and you have a very complicated world.

Yes, when you are out there alone, trying to figure it all out, life is confusing.  We need help explaining the way things are. Praise God for having provided light to shine into our darkness.  Praise God for the Scriptures, His Word, by which we have been given an understanding of our world and our experiences. 

For me, the Bible is a bedrock that has reliably helped me get my bearings for the whole of my adult life.  I may not be certain of all the particulars, but there are three truths that I am certain of which would  help almost anyone who is lost in the confusion of mixed messages which get thrown at us every day. These three truths are as follows.

  1. We live in a fallen world.  In other words, things are not as God intended them to be.  Evil has entered the world and corrupted it. It is a broken world, as a consequence of sin. 
  2. Goodness entered the world through Christ Jesus, and through His death the sting of sin and death has been neutralized.  Goodness is an active power in the world, released through the power of the Cross.
  3. History is finite and aNew World is coming.  Evil has an endpoint and will be terminated when Christ returns.  Suffering is finite, but the rewards of faithfulness are eternal.

I realize this may sound overly simplistic to some, but when you look at any fact of history, or any problem in life, these three truths bring light and understanding to the problem.  These are three very powerful truths.

What’s wonderful is that these are not the only truths in Scripture.  I mention them here because they have formed a framework for my thinking that has sustained me for a lifetime.  There are, of course, so many other treasures in God’s Word that have helped me, encouraged me, comforted me and instructed me over the years.

May you ever continue to be people of the Word.  And when the news is bad, whether distant or near, may you be like David who wrote, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him…. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”  Ps. 62:1,2b

It’s a broken world, but our Lord has revealed His mighty arm.  His resurrection proved His power over death… and affirmed that His promise to us is true: He will come again.

“Peace I leave with you…  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

“I have put my hope in Your Word.”  ~  Ps. 119:81b

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