Assistant Pastor of Amherst Wesleyan Church
It seems everywhere we look today there is bad news. On Facebook, Twitter, Television. At the local hockey rink, the grocery store, the coffee shop. Over the phone, in person, or through a text. Your father died. Your wife has cancer. A kid from your neighborhood took a gun to a school.
It is everywhere. And we tend to think that there is more evil now than there has ever been in the world. This is not necessarily true. We simply have more access to information than other times in history. Evil has been prevalent since Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit.
I try to avoid hearing about evil, death, and injustices. I don’t want to know. The less I hear about it the better. And I dare to suggest we are all like this. None of us want to wrestle with it. Don’t believe me? Death is almost like a swear word. Evil is explained away, and injustices are forgotten as soon as it is no longer popular to talk about them.
We love being ignorant of bad news.
The reason? It is simple really. We lack hope. The hope that one day things will be good. The hope that one day everything will be made right. The hope that one day all things will be renewed. Most people think this life is all we have. But it isn’t. Far from it.
In the Gospel of Matthew, the disciple Peter opens his mouth and asks Jesus what they are going to receive for following Him. Instead of rebuking Peter, look at Jesus’ answer.
“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon the glorious throne… everyone who gives up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.”
One day, here on earth, all things will be made new. Everything will be made right for those who follow Jesus. My wife and I have had two miscarriages. We named them both: Mya Nova and Jeremiah Lucas. And while it is painful to think we will not get to have a life with them here on earth, we take hope in the renewal of all things. We take hope in knowing one day, my wife and I, and any future kids we have, will get to spend eternity (that means forever) with Mya and Jeremiah.
In the darkness of the world, don’t lose the light of hope. Hold on to the fact that one day…one day…ALL things will be renewed. Every wrong will be made right. And life will be exciting and eternal.
Jesus will one day say: “Behold, I am making everything new.”
Rev. Jamin Melanson