Apr 22, 2007

Vail Vision April 22, 2007

When evil strikes...

On Monday the world was witness once again to evil. And let's not mince words here. The premeditated killing of college students by one of their own is nothing less than evil perpetrated by the King of Evil. This is his territory. This is what he looks forward to. This is what he enjoys.

The family and friends of these students will mourn for a long time over the loss of loved ones. Each time the students pass by where the tragedy occurred, they will be reminded once again that the world is not safe. There will be many who will feel guilt over what they could have done to prevent this tragedy. This will lead them into despair and the evil will creep ever outward. Yes, Evil exists.

And the impact of this event won't stop with the family, friends and students. All of us are impacted because we too have seen or had a direct confrontation with evil. And when evil strikes, our own emotions rise up and we are reminded once again of the tragedies that have occurred in our lives. We are reminded that the world is not safe. We are reminded once again that Evil truly exists.

But we will not be conquered by Evil. We are resurrection people. When Jesus breathed His last on Good Friday, Evil thought he'd won. But Jesus descended into Hell to conquer Evil. He then rose again on Easter Sunday to show the world that Evil will not triumph! It will strike all around us, but it will never claim us. We have been bought and purchased by the blood of Jesus and we are His. Evil will exist all around us, but Evil will not conquer us.

We can be confident that even now, God's Word is comforting those who despair. Even now, words of forgiveness, love and hope are being shared. The resurrection message that we celebrate this season will be shared to many who mourn. And it will bring healing, comfort, promise and forgiveness. Because that is God's territory. That is what He enjoys.

Love conquers evil. Always. It conquered on Easter morning and it conquers today.

Blessings,

David Hook

 

The Word they still shall let remain
Nor any thanks have for it.
He's by our side upon the plain
with His good gifts and Spirit.
And take they our life,
goods, fame child and wife,
let these be gone,
they yet have nothing won,
the Kingdom ours remaineth.

- A Mighty Fortress, Martin Luther