Another day, another tragedy. The sun rises and the world is a different place than when it set. New babies sound their cries; coffins are lowered into the ground. Doctors results are given and cars skid out of control.
The world changes, but it never stops. It never gives pause or allows us a moment to catch a breather. To try and comprehend for one second what it is that is happening, or why?
This morning I received word of another death. A friend of the family who I have known for as long as I can remember. As her parents travelled south to holiday with her, they received word that a car accident had claimed their youngest daughters life.
What was a reunion now becomes a funeral. A trip they will never forget, but wish they could.
It’s the second death in about a month. And both of them were young women; one thirty three the other thirty four. Are the thirties the new seventies now? Are we doing well if we make it to thirty five? In light of recent events it seems that way.
Another day, another tragedy, another broken family. Another moment that forever changes who we are and how we look at the world.
And it has got me thinking; there is a lot of power in one moment.
In a moment love is confessed, and hate declared.
In a moment first breath is drawn and last breath exhaled.
In a moment a bullet can be fired, on its way to meet a target
In a moment a harsh word can be uttered, never to be withdrawn.
In a moment a car can lose control and claim another life.
Whilst everything of substance seems to take time, a moment can tear down and change lives forever.
Think about it, most of the stories of toddler accidents start with the words, ‘I just turned my back for second…’
It can be so discouraging when we think that all the hard work we do, all the time we invest, can be destroyed in a split second. A careless word can undo all the positive ones; a freak accident can destroy a life forever.
But I take hope, because the Bible talks about the power of a moment too.
But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. Odeath, where is your victory?Odeath, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
There is hope, because even though a moment can bring heartache and change, a moment is all it takes for God to call his people home.
A moment is all it takes for God to show death once and for all, that He is in control.
At the funeral of Krysti, a hymn called In Christ Alone was sung. I hadn’t heard it before, so when I got home I found it on You Tube, and listened to it. Although I wasn’t close with Krysti, her fight and her youth had confronted me and I was struggling with the whole question of why.
One of the lines in the song is ’till he returns, or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.’
Jesus defeated death at the cross. He won that fight. And to those of us who are saved by his blood, we can rest assured that he holds our fight in his hands. The power of sin and death have no say when it comes to the children of God. We can stand strong and immovable, we can hope constantly and work enthusiastically because even if an unexpected moment rocks our world, we know that Jesus is king of the moment. He has taken back the power. He not only holds the answers, but He is the answer.
There may be power in a moment.
But there is more power in the blood of Jesus.
And it is in that hope I will stand.
I was going to end here but I feel I should just add this: if you do not know where you stand with God, if the words ‘under the blood of Jesus’ don’t make much sense to you, then there is a good chance that you are not saved. If your ‘moment’ comes, death can defeat you.
Jesus wants to be the Lord of your moments. He wants to be the one you go to in your life, and the one you return to in your death.
If you would like to receive Him as your Lord and Saviour, here is a prayer you can pray.
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I come to you today, and ask you for your grace and your mercy.
I am a sinner. I have made mistakes and I am not good enough to receive you on my own merit.
Jesus I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins, and that you rose again triumphant.
I ask that you would come into my heart and change me. I pray that your power and your love would encompass my right now, and from this moment, I make a decision to follow and serve you. I make a decision to become a Christian.
In the name of Jesus,
If you prayed that prayer for the first time, and you don’t know where to go from here, a local church is a great place to start, or you can email me.