Monday, April 1, 2013

good news

Was reading the news a few minutes ago and came across an article about another shooting. This time a guy came into a church on Easter Sunday and shot his dad. Sad, but not the sort of thing that surprises anymore.
But the saddest part to me at least was the last line.

No matter the joyous holiday, his actions will never be forgiven. 

Isn't that the point of Easter though? Isn't that exactly the point? That Jesus died so that this guy could be forgiven, so that murderers and thieves and good, religious people could be forgiven. I know exactly what this guy deserves because I deserve it too. But that's the thing, that's the craziness of the Gospel, that Jesus took what we had coming to us so that we might stand before God, no longer declared guilty.

So there is still justice, fully satisfied, and there is still hope. And it is freely given to us.

A few weeks ago I heard a speaker shout at a few teenagers in the crowd that Christ is not for them. And I haven't been able to shake it from my mind because:

The Father's Son died so that even for the son who killed his father there is hope. That's what Christ is for. That's who he's for.

"He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." 1John 2:2

Tell me that isn't good news.

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