In the tower of Babel and the fracturing of the human race into languages? In the treason against God as Israel demands a human king like the nations? God has not answered all of our questions about the sin and misery that is in the world. There are mysteries we will not fathom while “we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians ). The honor of his Son is at stake in the spectacular sins of history and their global purpose in the glory of Christ.
Here we know in part; in the age to come we will know even as we are known (1 Corinthians ). To see that most clearly, let’s turn to Colossians –20.
And in the heartland of Minnesota, day by day the full extent of the collapse of the 35W bridge grows.
And while we groan over our losses here, on the other side of the world, scarcely in the news, twenty million people have been displaced in the last two weeks in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal from the worst flooding in years.
Knowing everything they would become, God created them for the glory of Christ. Of all the thousands of things he could mention, he mentioned this. All of this profoundest of doctrine was brought up to help Timothy be less timid!
Great biblical truths about Christ and creation and evil are the fuel in the fire of the God-centered human soul.
I exist and we exist as a church to magnify Jesus Christ. How is Christ magnified in the fall of Satan from his position of perfection?
That’s the first impulse that gave rise to this series. The second impulse behind this series is that whatever month of the year you choose, heart-rending calamities fill the news from coast to coast and around the world.
Paul has just prayed for the Colossians that they would “be filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (verses 9–10).
In verse 14, he begins a litany of amazing truths about Jesus Christ that are probably the most concentrated description of the glories of Jesus in the New Testament. Everything from the bottom of the oceans to the top of the mountains, from smallest particle to the biggest star, from the most boring school subject to the most fascinating science, from the ugliest cockroach to the most beautiful human, from the greatest saint to the most wicked genocidal dictator — everything that exists, exists to make the greatness of Christ more fully known — including , and the person you have the hardest time liking.
Third, the Bible itself tells us that in the last days things will be difficult and severe. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
As a pastor, I do not think it is my job to entertain you during such days or help you have superficially cheerful feelings.