Doesn’t it seem that every time you turn on the TV some catastrophe or another writhes across the screen?
“Bangladesh: Cheap clothes lead to danger and tragedy”¹
“Southwest Florida children sold as sex slaves”²
“Loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona blaze ‘unbearable,’ governor says”³
Tragedy gives way to heartbreak. Pain washes across the TV screen and spills into our hearts, leaving us heavy.
- Eradicate evil.
- End the suffering of the innocent.
- Redeem and restore His creation.
- Reward the righteous.
- Rule as a Righteous Judge, a Gentle Shepherd, the One who is Perfect and True.
Who is this Jesus?
Jesus Christ, God’s divine, eternal Son.* The One to whom “every knee will bow and every tongue confess” as Lord over all His creation. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords* who reigns over every element, every power, every potentate.
Jesus, the Holy One who sacrificed Himself to bear the guilt of our sin and cleanse us from it.* The Messiah who placed Himself in the path of God’s wrath so we wouldn’t be swept away by the fury of it. The only One able to provide forgiveness* of sin and peace with God.
Jesus endured it all so we could climb into His Father’s lap, look Him in the eye, and rest in His arms. Jesus suffered so that we could know His Father, even as He does. And He’s alive and interceding for His people in heaven today.
This is the Jesus for whom we wait.
The only Jesus with the power to save, the authority to judge, and the wisdom to reign.
Because of this Jesus we have joy in the midst of pain . . . because He’s coming back–it might even be today!
Because of this Jesus we have confidence for a future of peace and security.
Because of this Jesus, we have an anchor for our soul–an eternal hope that suffering can’t swallow, flames can’t consume, and tragedy can’t trump.
Because of Jesus.
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