“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In this world you will have tribulation (trouble), but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!!!” – The Gospel of St. John, 16:33
Upon reading the news recently, we can easily see that the world is in complete chaos. Last month, in the first week of the New Year, terrorism struck Paris through the “Charlie Hebdo” shooting massacre and subsequent hostage takings days after. On a lesser scale, we heard that 2,000 people were massacred by Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the ongoing ISIS persecutions among Christians in the Middle East.
These are the days where if there isn’t a time to consider things that are worth eternal value, it is NOW.
Upon what has happened in the beginning of the year, I decided for myself that I am going to read completely one of the most misunderstood, difficult, yet hopeful books of the New Testament. It even provides a blessing to those who read and heed its timely message. That book is the book of Revelation.
In the midst of death, killings, evil and suffering, what I saw through the book of Revelation is that God is in control of the world and its affairs. His justice and truth will be served once and for all and he will have the final say in the affairs of the world. In spite of the hell that is in the world, for those that put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, there lies a great hope, peace and comfort that the world couldn’t take away. For those that don’t believe, I have a great concern because their future isn’t secure in the things of God and eternal matters.
Mankind has to realize that in this world, we are spiritual beings destined for an eternal experience. For those that believe in Christ, when we suffer, it is only temporary, and we are one step closer to achieving eternal inheritance (see Romans 8:18). For the non-believer, they may prosper, live well, and feel like they own the world, but deep down inside their spiritual bankruptcy is evident (see Mark 8:36).
I want to close this reflection by uttering an old saying: There is a choice to be made. You either live once, or die twice, or you can die once and live twice.