Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3-5, NKJV.
(This message was written prior to the video of Cho Seung-Hui that was released by NBC News that revealed a very disturbing view of his personality and character.)
This is a time for everyone to realize the precious gift that has been given to us. To live and breath and have our being is a gift that comes from God. Sadly, 32 people who were innocently killed on Monday, proved that tomorrow is not a guarantee for anyone. The shooter of those precious 32 lives, Cho Seung-Hui has now faced the judgment of his actions and his punishment has been delivered. There is no appeal with God for an early release from hell.
Many will say that Cho Seung-Hui deserves to go to hell for what he did and I would agree. He violated one of God's laws we are to live by, "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:1-17, NKJV). Some might even say, "Well, he broke only one of the ten, so he was 90% good and God should atleast show some mercy on him for 90% of his goodness as a person." Yet, the apostle James says that if we aim to obey all ten of the commandments and at some point fail in obeying one of them, to God we are guilty of being disobedient to all ten. (James 1:10, NKJV).
How good is good enough?
None of us may have murdered anyone, but have we been obedient to keep the other Commandments as well? Is there any other god in your life other than Almighty God? Is anything being worshipped more than God Himself? Has the Lord's name ever been used in vain? Is the Sabbath day kept holy in your life as it is holy to God? Is honor given to our mother and father? Have we murdered anyone, even if they have been killed in your heart but not physically? Can adultery, even the lustful thought of it, be enough to find you guilty before God? Have you stolen anything that didn't belong to you, regardless of the value of the item? Have you ever lied? Have you ever desired to posses anything that your neighbor owned, because you wanted to have it and not them?
Remember what I wrote earlier by the apostle James? He says that if we aim to obey all ten of the commandments and at some point fail in obeying one of them, to God we are guilty of being disobedient to all ten. (James 1:10, NKJV). Take a moment and really examine where you stand with God. Would you be found innocent, or guilty? Would you believe you would deserve to go to heaven if you are guilty and did not acknowledge your sins, repent of them and seek to live in a way that honored God? God's standard applies to everyone.
The Good News is...
The Good News is that no one has to go to hell. Jesus Christ died for the sins of every person on the planet. It is incomprehensible to understand the tremendous weight that must have been for Him to carry while hanging on the cross.
We do not have the strength, under our own power and will, to live a godly life and that is why Christ died (Romans 5:6, NKJV). He became sin for you and I so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV).
The Bible says that the Law, the Ten Commandments could not be lived up to by mankind because his sinful nature fights to be selfish rather than to submit to the obedience of God. Now read what God did because of our weakness to live up to His requirements of upholding the Ten Commandments, "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condmned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." (Romans 8:3-4, NKJV).
If people take for granted what God has done in condemning sin in Jesus Christ, so that we could be the righteousness of God in Christ, then there should be no surprise when you arrive in eternity, only to find yourself in hell, forever apart from God.
There is only one way to be found innocent of your sins and that is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14, NLT.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.