Every once in a while, there is a tidal wave of catastrophic events. This past week, we have seen three extremely different events rock the world: the earthquake in Nepal, the death of Freddie Grey while in police custody led to a week of rioting in Baltimore, and the issue of same sex marriage has gone before the Supreme Court. One massive natural disaster, one man-man disaster and one country-dividing controversy.
But how much of the turmoil felt in the last few days been about the unsaved dying and going to Hell?
None. The answer is none. Why? Because we have a short attention span and temporal perspective. We have conveniently forgotten about the ebola crisis, the war in the Middle East and ISIS, and the greatest tragedy of all is that people are dying without ever having heard the name of Jesus. Approximately 56 million people die every year. That is an average of 153,425 that die every single day. And while some of them know Jesus and are entering into eternal rest, many of them are not. And many of them have never heard the offer of salvation through the Gospel.
Consider this: Jesus came to the World to die for the sins of many. He did not stop any wars. He did not respond to natural disasters. He did not fight the oppression of the Roman Empire which, for hundred of years, would kill Christians simply for being Christians. He came to deal with one problem: sin.
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
– Luke 19.10
Let’s see what Jesus said about His intention in coming to Earth:
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
– John 6.38-40
There is one thing that separates us from God: sin. Jesus came to the earth to deal with that one problem. If Jesus, who is God Himself, considers that to be the worthy of all of His time and energy, should we not have the same attitude and perspective?
Yes, the world is in upheaval. Yes, we need to be informed and involved in these tragedies and issues. But by this time next month (if not next week), we will have forgotten about them and moved onto the next hot topic. All the while one thing persists, and that is eternity. Hundreds of thousands of people are entering eternity every single day, and many of those without a Savior. Let us remember what truly matters. Let us focus on the eternal. Let’s get riled up about that which riled up Jesus!