How Much Longer, Lord? A Lesson to Be Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing

The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The point is to recognize athletes who are using their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or to show how some athletes are wasting their days by not giving God the glory.

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. On April 15, 2013 there were two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line of this Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 260 others.

I remember one of my initial thoughts after this occurred: how many more times do we have to hear about these types of horrific killings?

How many more horrific shootings at elementary schools like the one in Newtown, Connecticut? How many more school shootings do we have to hear about in Columbine? How many more ferry boats sinking do we have to see like the one in South Korea? How many more landslides are there going to be like the one in Washington? How many more?

The Boston Marathon got me thinking about these “How long” questions.

And I was reminded of a simple truth: the world will not always be this way. Evil will have an end. The curse of sin which prompts natural disaster will be removed. The victory Jesus clinched on the cross will most certainly be finalized when the world is destroyed in judgment and a new heavens and new earth is created in it’s place.

I am sure I speak for everyone reading this blog when I say: I cannot wait for evil to be gone. I cannot wait for sin to be a past memory. I cannot wait for Jesus to be reigning over us without our fleshly rebellions(s) or anarchies. I cannot wait to see eternal life.

In the meantime, pray for the victims of these tragedies. Pray they would come to understand that Jesus paid for the sins of senseless evil. Pray that people would discover that their unrighteous deeds need to be forgiven. Pray that the work of the cross would come to be known. Pray that repentance and faith would sweep cities like Boston during these days of difficult reflection.

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