“The day is always darkest just before the dawn.” –Harvey Dent “The Dark Knight”
I’ve always been one to not say anything when crazy stuff happens in our culture. I’ve read scripture and I’m always reminded of what scripture says about the last days. (2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. 2 Timothy 3:2-5) I’m not saying we are living in the last days, but I would be foolish to not acknowledge what’s going on in our world. I sat back a few weeks ago and thought about everything going on in the world. To be completely honest, I was discouraged. I was frustrated that the church was silent and that our world had come to this. I was frustrated that I had to raise my daughter in days ahead. I was frustrated in myself for being so apathetic about everything. I couldn’t figure out why God hadn’t stepped in yet and stopped it. It looks as if evil has won our culture and we are too late to do anything about it. That particular day in the One Year Bible reading (which I would strongly encourage you to do), I was reminded of another moment in time where it looked as if evil had won and God was out of the fight. In Luke 22 Jesus is lead before the High Priest and questioned. Jesus didn’t say much and gave the answer the people didn’t want to hear, so they beat him, mocked him, and took him to Pilate. Pilate also asked him questions about the things He had said about Himself and Jesus gave short quick responses. The people still demanded He be killed, so Pilate sent Him to Herod Antipas to be tried by him. One with Herod, Jesus stood in silence and didn’t answer one of Herod’s questions. This made Herod angry so he and his soldiers began to mock Jesus and ridicule Him. It’s verse 12 of that chapter that really grabbed my attention. (12 Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day. Luke 22:12) At the moment in history where God Himself was on trial, He was silent and it looked as if darkness had won. Literally, enemies became friends that day over the hatred of what was good and true. However, we know how the story ends. Christ was lead to be crucified. He died for our sins, defeated death, hell, and the grave and now is seated at the right hand of the Father. (32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:32-34) Seeing that moment in Luke 22 where Herod and Pilate became friends over sending Christ to His death reminded me of where we are today in our culture. People hate Christ and despise the light. The majority of our culture doesn’t care about the things of Christ and it seems as if evil is rising up and winning. It seems as if darkness again has won, and that we have nothing to do but stand in silence. What I was reminded of in Luke 22 is what I want to encourage you with today. Christ has already won. Yes, our culture is crazy and hates the things of Christ, but we can’t run from it. Christ silence before his accusers was a gift to us. If Christ would have fully spoken His own words would have defeated evil right there, but He knew he had to die. We must not ignore what is happening around us and find hope in what Christ has done and is going to do. When all hope seems lost and it seems as if darkness has won, be reminded that God is on the throne and His plan will ultimately win out. It already has. God may seem silent now, but when He does speak this world will hear Him.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.