A man armed with a rifle opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding 26 others as panicked shoppers and employees scurried for cover before the gunman surrendered to police at the scene.
Our prayers go out to those families who’ve lost loved ones at this extremely difficult time. As Christians we go out to preach the gospel, the gospel means good news. So what’s the good news? Well before we give you the good news we have to give you the bad news first, by doing so then you’ll understand why it’s good news.
The Bad News
The bible tells us that from the garden mankind has fallen because of sin. When Adam and Eve sinned all of mankind fell into sin also because we were in Adam when he sinned.
Romans 5:12, 14 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: … Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
This tells us that death came upon all men because of Adam’s transgression “even over them that had not sinned after the similitude” this portion in quotes is saying death reigned upon us too even though we had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s sin. That word similitude in the Greek means.
- that which has been made after the likeness of something
- a figure, image, likeness, representation
- likeness i.e. resemblance, such as amounts almost to equality or identity
ὁμοίωμα homoíōma, hom-oy’-o-mah; a form; abstractly, resemblance:—made like to, likeness, shape, similitude.
Things are not looking good for us, we sinned because Adam sinned, and because Adam sinned death came into the world. Another verse I’d like to bring to your attention is also in the book of Romans.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
It clearly says that “For all have sinned” meaning we all fall short of God’s glory proving that God alone is perfect but we, unfortunately, are not perfect by any means. And what’s the penalty for sin? Well the bible has an answer for that again in Romans.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;…
God is going to “pay” us what we deserve for our sins which is death. Things look really bad friend, we all sinned therefore death and God’s wrath is upon us and He’s going to pay us the full penalty for our sins. But there’s hope!!!
The Good News
God provided a way out for us to escape the wrath and judgement of God. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came and lived the perfect life under the law of God that you and I are not capable of doing. Jesus Christ is perfect and without sin, the bible says concerning Chirst.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The verse here is saying that for He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us (man) that we could have the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. How wonderful is that? It’s great news!!! Here’s another verse that speaks of Christ taking our punishment from the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Again, He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions (sin), He (Jesus) was bruised for our iniquities (sin) the chastisement (discipline) of our peace was upon Him (Jesus) and by Jesus’s stripes or wounds we are healed. The Lord Jesus became a ransom sacrifice giving Himself on the cross for guilty sinners like us, He came out of Heavenly glory and stepped into His own creation so that He could save us from going to hell. That’s true love a love that’s willing to be a sacrifice for you!!!
When Jesus was nailed to the cross He cried out “it is finished”, in other words the debt has been paid on the cross. Remember the verse from Romans “For the wages of sin is death”? Jesus paid that debt in full on the cross satisfying the requirement of God. The rest of that verse says “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
And if you receive the free gift of salvation by placing your trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins God can forgive and give you everlasting life. You’ll know where you’re going when you die, you’ll have a home in heaven. Jesus Christ was victorious over death and hell because after he was crucified He was buried and 3 days later rose from the dead and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Giving us full assurance of salvation for those who believe.
The Hard Truth
We grieve for all those people who lost their lives today, we hope and pray that those who died had already placed their trust in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. But the sad reality is that most likely these people never trusted in Christ, perhaps some were atheist, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics etc. If you’re not a believer then you’re currently dead in your sins but you don’t have to remain dead you can be made alive in Christ. The most popular verse in the bible says:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
That’s a wonderful gift none of us deserves, God gave His only Son to die for us guilty wretched sinners. The free gift of salvation is offered to anyone, that word in John 3:16 says “whosoever” is a wide word taking in all, the invitation goes out to all will you take it? Today is the day of salvation do not put it off, I’m certain that these people who tragically died didn’t think it was their last day on earth.
The Brevity Of Man
The bible speaks to how short our lives are if we are fortunate to live 90 years or so that would be great, but ask anyone who is that age and they will tell you life goes by fast. You’re not guaranteed to live to 90, hundreds of people die every day and you never know when it’s your turn to die.
Isaiah 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
We are the grass spoken of in this verse of Isaiah, we spring up, live our lives and before you know it you’re life is done. O friend trust in Christ today and be saved!!!
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: