Tag: death

In the Face of Tragedy

How do we make sense of tragedy?  How can God allow such things to happen in our world?  When a head on collision leaves two people dead and two people critically injured on a road that many of us travel daily, how do we respond?

This tragedy has affected many people, but none more so than the family and friends of the deceased, our thoughts and prayers are with them. It’s been wonderful to see the outpouring of love and support, prayers and giving to the families.  I spent Wednesday morning debriefing students at Wollondilly Anglican College affected by the incident, and will spend Friday afternoon praying with parents.

We grieve, we pray, we do what we can to support the families involved.  We struggle to understand why.  There isn’t always an explanation beyond the fact that this world is broken – spoiled by sin.  When we hear of the death of a young person we get angry and upset – only old people should die.  But the reality is all death is unnatural.  Death and tragedy are not normal – they’re not how God made this good world.  Death is the great enemy.

But in the face of tragedy and death we find hope in the words of Jesus:

‘Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.’   – John 6:40

Joy from Sadness

Easter begins with bad news.  Can you imagine the grief of Jesus’ disciples as he died and darkness came over the whole land on that first Friday.  The same darkness and grief of death hangs over Brussels today, as it does in many places around the world and indeed in many of our own lives.  Death is a great enemy all of us must face one day and its shadow stretches back across our lives menacingly.  Jesus death is different.  Jesus dies in our place, he dies to conquer death and he proves it by being raised to life in the joy of Easter Day!  In 1 Corinthians 15:54 we read that ‘death has been swallowed up in victory’.  If we will confess our sins and place our trust in Jesus then we can have confidence that he has removed the ‘sting’ of death.  Jesus forgives our sin and promises the joy of resurrection life!
Wishing you a happy and joyous Easter, Ben