There’s been a whirlwind happening around me lately. Trials have engulfed some of the people whom I love dearly as well as those whom I don’t know personally. My eyes look on the brokenness of this world. It seems that everywhere I turn I see death, sickness, terror, lies and fear:
A family member continues to fight to get well.
A beloved pastor passes away.
A terrorist group that preys on innocent people strikes again.
A national health crisis takes away another life.
A grieving family awaits to hear news of their missing daughter.
All this and more. Questions run rampant. When will it end?
It’s easy to live in fear and sorrow, especially with the brokenness and evil all around. Things are not as they are supposed to be, anyone can see that. You only need to turn on the nightly news to see all this. But just how do we, as Christians respond? How do we continue to be salt and light, giving thank to God in all things, when the world around us seems to have turned upside down?
I remember talking to a friend of mine back in the spring. She was feeling defeated. Things seemed to have piled up on her. She too had one of those moments (like we all do) when we wonder where to go from here; how it is we’re supposed to move forward when it seems like nothing could go right. Her heart was heavy with questions and I too could feel the weight of the problems we were discussing; things like finances, national security, relationships and change. I remember looking at her and feeling completely inadequate to even try and begin addressing these problems, when suddenly I remembered three words that changed everything: Jesus is victorious.
“That’s what keeps me going.” I told her. The knowledge that no matter how bad things may look or how out of control this world may seem, Jesus is victorious.
Living as salt and light in a dark world is not an easy task. Thankfully though we don’t have to be salt and light alone. It’s by His grace alone that we’re able to keep moving forward, looking to that day when sickness, suffering, death, lies and destruction will be done away with once and for all. Jesus is victorious.
Our job isn’t to fix the world… only Jesus can do that. Our job is to love. How? By praying, serving, listening, working and spreading the amazing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our job is to finish the work that Jesus began for us when He came to earth in the form of a baby, and died on the Cross as a man.
When I look at the Cross and see what Jesus did, I can’t even begin to fathom the immense pain and suffering that He went through. Hours upon hours, He was nailed to that Cross, struggling to breathe with the weight of the world on His shoulders. The weight of sickness, terror, crisis, suffering and death was placed upon Him where He breathed His last breath and accomplished the work set before Him.
But the Cross isn’t the end. Neither is the grave. We see something so beautiful, so profound, so deep on that Cross. We see love in motion, an eternity in paradise, and an empty grave. We see victory.
Jesus was victorious. Jesus conquered the grave.
When things look down and fears threaten to overwhelm remember this very thing: Jesus is victorious!
“Look around and be distressed; look within and be depressed; look to Jesus and be at rest.”
-Corrie Ten Boom