April 16th was the 12-year remembrance of the mass murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech. It was truly a horrific event and many lives were and will forever be affected because of the evil and selfish actions of one person.
My son was a freshman at Virginia Tech and lived on campus. I will never forget the moment when a coworker knocked on my office door and told me I needed to come out a see the news. We were in the military and had seen unpleasant things before, but all of us just stood there in disbelief. We served overseas in carnage zones so that our loved ones did not have to face it at college or anywhere else on our soil. But there it was on our home turf—evil personified!
Of course, being dad, my thoughts and attention immediately focused on my son and his situation. After a long day of not being able to contact him because “all circuits are busy” I finally contacted him to find out he was okay, at least physically. Now imagine a room full of big, tough, military guys going to their knees, with tears falling, in prayer. We will always remember!
This week is observed as Passion Week by Christians; this week is Passion Week for everyone on earth whether they accept it not. On Friday Jesus was crucified at Golgotha and as was written in 1 Peter 1:18-19 it was a sacrifice for each of us individually, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
What Jesus went through was tragic, particularly when you consider He was innocent—He was without sin. If the story ended there, we would remember that day much the same as we remember Virginia Tech and other tragedies. But there is Good News—the story does not end there!
In Luke 24:6-7, among many other accounts, we learn that “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” He went on that cross and came out of that tomb for you and me!
I invite you to join me as big, tough, people, no matter what we are wearing, to go to our knees, with tears of joy on our face, and accept Him and thank Him for being our Lord and Savior. Always remember!