Image courtesy of Sky News

Image courtesy of Sky News

Hope for our broken world.

I must confess, my heart is heavy as I write this.   In the light of last night's horrific events in Paris, my mind swings all over the place - between compassion for those grieving and hurting; outrage at the injustice and violence; and even a sense of despair for our broken world. Worse, my mind flirts with violence against the perpetrators.

And then I remember...

In the face of guns, our only hope is grace.

In response to hatred, our only hope is the God-man who said "Father forgive them" as they were nailing him to a cross. (Luke 23:34)

In reply to men's violence comes the victory cry of God "It is finished" as Jesus gave-up his life on the cross, to open-up the way to God. (John 19:30)

In the despair of death, our only sure hope comes from the one who conquered death by rising bodily from the grave and promised to raise-up all who trust in him - who trust in the one who said "I am the way and the truth and the life .... the one who believes in me will live, even though they die." (John 14:6 & 11:25)

In the face of such injustice our only hope is in the one who promised to return to judge the whole world and restore all things to perfection.

And then I remember...

Until Jesus comes again in glory and power, the only hope for this broken world is us, his church: God working through his Spirit-filled people as we pray for God's glory to be seen in the world and in us; as we proclaim the gospel of grace - by what we say and what we do.

As we put Jesus and his gospel of grace, forgiveness and compassion, on display.  As we trust and obey the one who said "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." (Luke 6:27-28)

In the face of guns, our only hope is the gospel of grace.

The only sure and certain hope for this messed-up, broken world is Jesus - the God-man.