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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Another day that will go down in infamy.

September 11, 2001. I remember that day very clearly. Everyone who was alive and old enough to comprehend remembers that day. The question: why did it happen? The answer: all violence on the earth has the same root cause and the same cure.

"When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings" (Genesis 3:6-7).

As the population of the earth increased, so did the abundance of sin. When the people of the earth rebelled against God and sought to build a tower to heaven, His response was to divide them up, taking away their common tongue, creating manifold languages in a moment. They couldn't understand one another, and they separated. Instead of being a single, united tribe of sinful people, they became a whole lot of groups of sinful people. This was the birth of nations.

"Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:9).

Lack of understanding, pride, and the desire for power tend to inflame passions and the sinful nature of man is manifested in ugly ways. Here is racism. Here is hatred. Here is murder. Self preservation and a desire for justice causes those on the receiving end to fight back. Here is war. This has been the way of things since Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden (Ecclesiastes 3:3). 

"'There is no peace,' says my God, 'for the wicked'" (Isaiah 57:21). This is our dilemma because we are all wicked. Left to ourselves we have no hope.

Globalism, world peace, freedom. These are wisps of desire, swept away by the winds of reality. "Man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7).

But God...
In the Garden of Eden, God promised hope to Adam and Eve at the very same moment that He pronounced the judgment and consequences of sin (Genesis 3:15). In the midst of His wrath... Here is mercy. Here is grace. 

And later He made it clear to Abraham that there would be people throughout the whole earth who would benefit from this promise, "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice" (Genesis 22:18; see also Revelation 5:9).

The promise* builds and clarifies as revelation unfolds....

"He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:13).

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 66:12).

"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world" (1 John 2:1-2).

And the ultimate fruit of His coming will be enjoyed for all eternity, and this is why His message is called Good News...

"They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes" (Revelation 7:16-17).

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will  dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away' " (Revelation 21:3-4).

Jesus Christ is the only hope there is for lasting peace in this world. For now, incomprehensible peace can be obtained and enjoyed by individuals as by faith we confess our sins, repent and turn to Him. Jesus Christ will save us from the justice we deserve (see Romans 3:10-26 and all of chapter 6 - zeroing in on verse 23).

* This is by no means an exhaustive list of verses concerning the promise, and its fulfillment, that come through the Messiah; if you want to know more, open up a Bible and dig in for yourself.

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