This Easter, Mahesh* (leader of National Christian Network) preached from 1 Corinthians 15:58 about standing firm.
A few miles away, suicide bombers ravaged churches, killing more than 250 worshippers, including 45 children. All of Sri Lanka grieved.
A day after the attack, Mahesh visited desolate families and those injured. Their grief and suffering were immense; the incidents had crushed their spirits and devastated their lives. Hope, however, was not lost. Despite the pain, heartbroken parents rejoiced that their children were safe in the arms of Jesus. This was their only solace. Easter reminds us that death is not an end and that there is unfailing hope for the Christian in death.
The Easter attacks also caused great pain and panic among people. However, from the perspective of the Bible, this is only temporal. When viewed in light of eternity, such incidents remind us of the severity of eternal condemnation. How much more painful is it to be eternally separated from a loving God? The dawning of this truth should make us realize that eternal death is a serious matter, which requires our urgent action.
All of Sri Lanka was shocked by the profiles of the Easter attackers: They were young, educated and willing to die for their ideology. While we are enraged by their actions, the attacks were also a wake-up call for Christians and a harsh reminder of the pressing need to share the Gospel more aggressively. Therefore, considering the hope we share in the resurrection and the seriousness of eternal death, let us give heed to the Scriptures. “…stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, for your labor in the Lord is never in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV
*names changed due to security concerns.
National Christian Network continues to provide help and aid the victims of this attack. Learn more about how you can help the victims of the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks.