March 14, 2011

Japan Earthquakes: Food for Thought

The news of the massive earthquake and follow-up tremors in Japan and the resulting tsunami came on my radio alarm early that morning. I listened sadly and intently as I knew many lives would be lost.

Not one to be an alarmist, I was quite surprised when the following piece of text (italicized)popped into my head:

"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24: 3-14)

Sci fi films about the end of the world have been made almost since the beginning of the medium, and more films are to come. Yet, there is something that makes me think about these words of Jesus Christ recorded almost 2,000 years ago. Many would call Jesus a good man, even a prophet. If so, here's one of his prophecies. Others know He is also the Son of God, the only way to heaven, the god made man who paid for the sins of the world by his death on a cross. His resurrection proves he is who he says. It's why we celebrate Easter, and it is why millions of people through the centuries place their faith in Him. What about you? Who is Jesus to you?

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