My daughter sent me an email a while back about something she had read in the Galveston Daily News. I would like to share it with you. Here is what she sent me: “There is an article in the Galveston Daily News today about a South Carolina kid who plotted to blow up his high school because he wanted to die and go to heaven to kill Jesus.”
When I read these words I was truly surprised. As a Christian, I am amazed that anyone would want to destroy the Maker of the Universe. By implication we learn that this young man believes in Jesus. If he desires to die so he can go to him to kill Him, he is recognizing the fact that Jesus is. It’s sad that someone is so angry they want Jesus dead.
As I think about this there are some thoughts that come to mind. If I read my Bible correctly, didn’t Jesus already die and was raised from the grave? What would be his motivation in thinking He could kill Jesus? What makes him think that Jesus would remain dead even if he were able to kill him?
And one other thing that the Word of God teaches us is that when you die, if you are not faithful to God you will not go to heaven. Paul informed the Galatians that they had “fallen from grace.” (Gal. 5:4) He later instructed the Corinthians, “Therefore to him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 12:10) Jesus affirmed that one should, “...Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10) Each of these statements tell us that there is something required to get to God. If we fall short of it we will not see God.
Perhaps this just shows us how far away from the Word of God some have gotten today. The Word is there to teach us, reprove us, to correct us and to instruct us (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Instead of having such hatred for Jesus we should be thankful that He has blessed us in the way that He has. He did not have to die for us. He did not have to deprive Himself of His Father and to come to this earth. But He did and I am so grateful that He did. Aren’t you?
Let’s make every effort to commit ourselves to the ways of God and live for Him each day of our life—not just when it is convenient for us.