“After John [the Baptizer] was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:14-15)
September 11 reminds us of how temporary life is. The 3000-plus who lost their lives that day had no idea when they woke in the morning that it would be their last. The next moment and the next breath aren’t slam-dunks for any of us. The same is true for our neighbor. God’s call to each of us is to trust the Savior Jesus Who brings and Who IS good news: the forgiveness of sin and new, everlasting life for all who daily turn away from sin (repent) and believe in Jesus.
That good news consoles believers and gives them hope beyond the next moment or next breath.
It gives us the certainty too that the crucified and risen Savior is with us always, has the fate of all creation in His hands, and no matter what evil days befall us, those who trust in Him will never be separated from Him, not even in death.
Christians aren’t to seek out danger, death, or grief, of course. Jesus refused the devil’s temptation to jump from the pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem.
But even in evil days and circumstances, God’s promise is true: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved...” (Acts 16:31)
[The image above is from Reuters News Service: https://www.reuters.com/.../defining-images-from-the-9-11...]