In the wake of Monday’s tragedy in Boston, people all around the nation are in mourning this week.
Mourning the loss of life. Mourning the senseless casualties. But perhaps more so, America is mourning the seemingly endless cycle of violence that has become a mainstay on Main Street USA.
With large-scale terrorist attacks and mass shootings in the news every few months, it can become disconcerting to accept that we live in a world where evil triumphs over good. Some may even ask where was God on Monday, April 15?
However, it seems more prudent that we remember our spiritual adversaries.
II Corinthians 4 reminds us that Satan is the god of this age who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. The word of God describes him as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. But like God, Satan needs a man. In order to terrorize, the devil needs somebody who is willing to say “yes” to his plan of destruction.
That’s why the Garden of Eden was so crucial. Satan persuaded man to do his will as opposed to God’s will. And the enemy has been playing the same game ever since.
Romans 5: 12, 14a says:
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command…
Three victims were killed as a result of this act of terror, and they did nothing to deserve it. The hundreds who were injured on Monday were simply enjoying a joyful marathon on a beautiful spring day. But through the act of one man (or group), death came. Through just one individual, death, darkness, and sadness now reign across the United States.
Ever heard the expression “it only takes one person to change the world?” America is living that today. Spiritually and physically, death is manifest in our world. Through one man – Adam – sin and darkness was allowed to prevail, but the good news is….there’s another Man.
This Man conquered the grave, paid our ransom, and made a way for all mankind to have everlasting life.
Romans 5:17-19 says:
17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
While one man has the power to bring death and destruction by way of Satan’s influence, let us not forget that Christ is the one Man whose sacrifice has the power to provide righteousness, grace, and new life to anyone that calls upon His name!
Where was Christ on Monday?
Christ was in the first responders who rushed to help the victims after the first bomb blast.
Christ was in the marathon runners who kept running, all the way to the local hospital to donate blood. Christ was in the ministers who opened up their churches for those displaced after the bombings. Christ can be in you. He can be your life. He can be your hope in hopeless situations.
Do you know Him today?
In spite of the turmoil, the despair, and the chaos, it only takes one Man to make it right. Jesus Christ.