Yesterday was awful. Appalling. Sickening. A masked man walks into a school and guns down twenty elementary age children. It makes you want to put your fist through a wall and hug your kids at the same time.
How do we think through such a tragedy? How do we process such an awful, appalling, gut-wrenching, heart-ripping act?
We can know that God is grieved. He is not an emotionally distant, somewhere off in heaven, kind of God. God sees, and he grieves. In Genesis 6:5-6, God looked upon the wickedness of the earth and was grieved.
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
God is grieved over what happened yesterday. He is angry. His fury burns toward wickedness, and his heart breaks for those who lost loves ones. He is not a stoic, unemotional God. He grieves for the children that were killed, and for the parents who lost their children. And be assured, he will bring full justice upon the killer. He will repay Adam Lanza for every life he took. There will be no injustice, no getting off on a technicality, no hung jury. Our God is just, and he will bring justice to the man who took so many lives.
We can also find comfort in the fact that a day is coming when there will be no more school shootings. A day is coming when the wicked Serpent King, who inspires men to kill young children, will have his head crushed by the King of Kings. What happened yesterday was Satanic. But Satan will not have the final say in this world! Wickedness will not endure forever. Why? Because the Son of God became a small, vulnerable child.
In the midst of this hellish tragedy, Christmas gives me hope. Christmas is proof that God will not let evil win. He sent his son to make war on evil! Christmas is the story of light bursting into darkness. Of good triumphing over evil. Of a holy warrior coming to rescue his people from bondage. He sent his son so that child killers, and rapists, and pornographers, and Satan will not carry the day. A day is coming soon when Jesus will return, cast Satan into the lake of fire, and eradicate evil from the earth. The Prince of Peace will destroy the Prince of Darkness.
I’m looking to that day. I’m hoping in that day. Christmas is a reminder that good will ultimately triumph over evil. It will not always be winter and never Christmas. Spring is coming. The King is coming.
So let’s weep with those who weep. Let’s grieve, just as God grieves. Let’s pray that the men and women and children affected by this tragedy would come to know the true king. And let’s rejoice that a baby was born who would ultimately bring an end to school shootings.