My father, Dr. Robert L. Moeller, is an ordained pastor and published author in the Chicago-land area. He wrote this thoughtful meditation on the horrific events that transpired early Friday morning in Aurora, CO.
The Promise of the Gospel -- The Dark Night Will One Day be Over
by Bob and Cheryl Moeller
We wish to express our deepest sorrow and sympathies to the families of those who lost loved ones in last evening's heart-breaking and senseless shooting in Colorado. Such an incident only underscores the terrible evil that can reside in the hearts of people who are willing to kill innocent strangers and feel no remorse. We live in a fallen world where sin takes captive individuals and motivates them to commit unspeakable crimes for dark purposes known only to their hardened hearts.
Yet, we also live in a world where the Gospel of Jesus Christ promises that neither life nor death can separate us from the love of God. We can face uncertain days with the full confidence that by trusting in the finished work of the Jesus on the Cross our sins are forgiven and our names are written in the Book of Life. The message of the Gospel that assures Jesus has defeated all the forces of evil, "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross..." (Colossians 2:15).
While that victory was fully secured on the Cross by Jesus Christ, it has not been fully realized in this broken world as of yet.
The final and complete victory over evil and all the forces of darkness will only be brought about when Christ returns to establish His eternal kingdom. Then we are promised, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Certainly last night's events remind us all of the uncertainity and brevity of life. While we may believe we have a long and full life awaiting us -- we have no guarantee of that. Have you made your peace with God through Christ? If not, you can do so today by placing your full faith in the finished work of the Cross, confessing your sins to God, and receiving the gift of His full and complete forgiveness. The Bible says, "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12) Take that step today and let God give you the assurance that heaven will be yours regardless of what the future may hold. www.needhim.org
Last night's mayhem reminds us evil still is at work in this world and at times it can take on unspeakable forms. But be assured of this -- it's days are numbered. Jesus will one day return in all His splendor and glory and bring lasting peace to our extremely hurting world.
When that day arrives the dark night will truly be over.
Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families this incredibly sad day.
On our knees praying for our country,
Bob and Cheryl Moeller
Well said, pops.
You know, when we're at our happiest - weddings, the birth of a baby, etc. - we look to God and call upon Him in thanks for blessing and love and joy. And then when we're at our lowest - funerals or tragedies like the one in Colorado earlier today - we call on Him for peace and strength and justice and comfort.
Maybe He is there the rest of the time - the other 99% of our lives - as well?
"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but have courage - I have conquered the world." -John 16:33